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Cumbria Police chief welcomes appointment of new permanent Assistant Chief Constable

ACC Andrew Slattery

A Cumbrian officer who has been involved in and managed some of the force’s most high-profile investigations has been appointed as the county’s new permanent Assistant Chief Constable.

On Monday 29th April a multi-agency interview panel, chaired by Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, undertook the rigorous interview for the role of Assistant Chief Constable. Mrs Skeer can confirm that Andrew Slattery, who has been undertaking the role of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable since March 2018, has been successfully appointed to the role permanently.

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “I am delighted to announce that Mr Slattery has been appointed permanently to the role of Assistant Chief Constable.

“Having spent the vast majority of his career in Cumbria, Andy has a thorough understanding of policing in this county and the communities we serve.

“I am sure that Andrew will continue to provide great leadership as part of the Chief Officer Team and I look forward to us continuing to work closely together.”

Mr Slattery went to Keswick School and joined Cumbria Constabulary in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University. He has served in all three of the force’s territorial areas and at the force Headquarters along with a secondment to the National Crime Squad. Having been a detective in every rank of the force he previously held posts as Head of Serious and Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism, Public Protection and Intelligence, before taking on the role of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime, in October 2016.

ACC Slattery has been involved in many of the force’s major investigations notably the murder of John Harvey whose body was discovered at Killington in 2003, the West Cumbria shootings of 2010 and the murder of Carlisle teenager Jordan Watson in 2015.

Mr Slattery was successful at the national assessment process for potential chief officers in 2018 and recently graduated from the Strategic Command Course.

In his spare time, Andrew is a competitive fell-runner, ultra-distance runner and a member of the Bob Graham Club.

ACC Andrew Slattery said: “I am very proud to be a Cumbrian and to be appointed as the Assistant Chief Constable in my own force is an honour and a privilege.

“A chief officer role can be very demanding but I am acutely aware that the people who make a real difference in our communities are the frontline staff who are visible in our communities or working in the unseen policing roles that keep Cumbria as one of the safest places to live and visit in the country. My job is to make sure that those officers and staff get the support, training, equipment, vehicles and everything else they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.

“I move into this permanent role at a time where the force continues to be one of the best in the UK and is one of only a small number that have been graded by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate as Good in all areas of Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy.

“I look forward to supporting all the officers and staff here at Cumbria Constabulary, as well as our partner agencies and the public to continuously improve the way we keep people safe.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “I am delighted to see Mr Slattery confirmed as Assistant Chief Constable, he is a much respected local officer, highly experienced, professional and well qualified for the job. Confirmation of his permanent appointment completes the establishment of an outstanding leadership team for our Constabulary.

“I know he will bring innovation, energy and commitment to the job and I congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment, I know he will serve the people of Cumbria well.”

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