DURHAM’s new deputy police chief has taken up his post.
Ciaron Irvine, who joins the Cleveland Neighbors Force, spent part of his first week joining officers on patrol in downtown Durham.
It turned out to be a kind of homecoming for the Liverpool-born officer who first moved to the North East to study at Durham University before joining the police force in 1994.
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Mr Irvine, whose family has had a close connection to the police for many generations, said: “I am proud to continue this family tradition and especially proud to do so in Durham with this role in the police.”
Married with two children, he served primarily in uniform and specialized operations positions during his 27-year career in the Cleveland and North Yorkshire forces.
A former force control room chief and district commander for Redcar and Cleveland, Mr. Irvine established and led the Cleveland task and coordination command, with overall responsibility for day-to-day operational tasks, intelligence management and strength performance.
Most recently, he served as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable in Cleveland and North Yorkshire, before being appointed Head of Commercial Services at Cleveland.
He is an accredited firearms, law and order, and multi-agency gold commander with experience in major public and sporting events.
He added: “In all of my leadership roles, I have always sought to ensure that we provide the best possible service to our communities while having a keen interest in the well-being and well-being of our staff.” .
Ciaron officially took up his new role on Monday, succeeding Deputy Chief Constable Dave Orford, who will retire from the police force in the new year.
Police Chief Jo Farrell said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Ciaron to Durham: he brings a tremendous wealth of police experience to this role and is a fabulous addition to the team.
“Ciaron comes with a good working understanding of policing in the region and the challenges we face, as well as a deep commitment to providing excellent policing services to our communities. I’m convinced he’s going to hit the ground running.
“I would also like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself and everyone in Durham Constabulary, to thank Dave Orford for his dedicated service to policing over the years.
“He was invaluable to me and an inspiring example to all members of the force. It will be a difficult act to follow, but I am sure that in Ciaron we have the perfect successor ”.
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