Posted on 13th December 2011
Derbyshire Police Authority has agreed to extend Chief Constable Mick Creedon’s contract for an additional two years beyond the current end date of October 2012.
The Home Office Senior Appointments Panel has officially approved the extension which had been submitted by the Authority. This means Mr Creedon will remain at the helm of the Constabulary until at least November 2014.
Mr Creedon took over as Chief Constable on October 1 2007. He began his career at Leicestershire Constabulary at the age of 22 after graduating from the University of Manchester. He spent the majority of his service working as a detective and rose to head up the specialist crime department before moving to Derbyshire Constabulary in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable (Operations).
In 2006 he moved to work as the national co-ordinator on serious and organised crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers, where he held the rank of Deputy Chief Constable.
In the four years Mr Creedon has been Chief Constable, crime in Derbyshire has fallen to an eight-year low, which equates to 37,000 fewer victims, while the force’s position in national tables has also improved.
Speaking of the contract extension, Cllr Philip Hickson, chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, said: “We wholeheartedly support the extension of the Chief Constable’s contract which will provide us with much-needed stability amid challenging economic conditions. Policing as a whole is entering a period of unprecedented change over the next 12 months as we prepare to welcome the arrival of directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners and it is reassuring to be led into this new dawn by a familiar face who has more than proven his capabilities over the last four years.
“The Authority is confident that under Mr Creedon’s leadership policing will continue to go from strength to strength in Derbyshire and our communities will become even safer. We continue to offer our full support to the plans he is putting in place to improve police performance for the benefit of all residents.”
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said, “I’m really pleased to be able to commit the next few years to continuing my role here as Chief Constable. I’ve been with the force for nearly nine years and in that time we’ve seen real reductions in crime and more and more people caught and held to account for their criminal behaviour. Whilst we do face some huge challenges, particularly in meeting the big reductions in our grant, I know that I lead a fantastic organisation and we have the support of our communities we seek to serve.
“I’m really grateful for the ongoing support from Philip Hickson and the Police Authority and the fact that strongly supported my application to remain here in post. I’m very privileged and proud to serve as Derbyshire’s Chief Constable.”
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