Cheshire’s new chief constable confirmed

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Mark Roberts has been confirmed as Cheshire Constabulary's new chief constable following a confirmation hearing by Cheshire's police and crime panel.

The panel has confirmed it is supportive of police and crime commissioner David Keane's appointment at its virtual meeting this afternoon (Friday 12 March).

DCC Roberts, who is currently deputy chief constable at South Yorkshire Police, was announced as the commissioner's preferred candidate for the role earlier this week following an interview process which was supported by key leaders across Cheshire and the College of Policing.

He previously served with Cheshire Police for three years as assistant chief constable before moving to the South Yorkshire force. He will return to Cheshire Constabulary when current chief constable Darren Martland retires in the spring.

David said: "I'd like to thank the Panel for its support in my appointment of Mark as the new chief constable for Cheshire.

"I really believe he is the best person for the job and has the necessary skills and experience to drive forward my vision for Cheshire to be the best police service in the country for delivering truly local, community-based policing.

"He performed exceptionally well throughout the recruitment process and will bring with him great leadership skills and the passion and dedication needed to keep Cheshire residents safe.

"Mark's experience in delivering local policing is extensive and he advocates the approach of using problem-solving methods to work with local people to make every community safer.

"I look forward to working with him to further develop our community policing model and ensure Cheshire remains one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the country."

DCC Roberts has a long standing career working in both uniform and investigative roles which started with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in 1993. During his 20 years at GMP, he played an active role in high profile incidents and investigations. He was also Head of Investigations for the North West Counter Terrorism Unit at this time.

He moved to Cheshire Constabulary in 2014 to lead local policing across the county, creating the eight local police units we have in Cheshire today.

The last few years spent at South Yorkshire Police (SYP) have seen Mark lead on force performance, discipline and complaints, legal services and corporate communications.

Mark is also the national lead for football policing and covert legislation and guidance. He was responsible for the UK's policing support for EURO 2016, the 2018 World Cup in Russia and has recently completed an independent review into football policing on behalf of Police Scotland.

DCC Mark Roberts added: "I am proud to be confirmed as the next chief constable of Cheshire Constabulary and look forward to working with its officers and staff, the commissioner and local partners to deliver an outstanding service to all the communities of the county.

"Having served in Cheshire as an ACC, I know that we have a great team, who genuinely care and are committed to public service. The force is already performing well and my role is to build on the work of Darren and the team to provide our people with the support and leadership that will take us to the forefront of UK policing.

"I am determined to bring my previous experience in Cheshire, GMP, South Yorkshire Police and my national roles to bear for the benefit of the Constabulary so that we can continue to keep Cheshire a safe place for the public and a bad place to be a criminal.

"I am passionate in my support for local policing and problem solving, entirely in line with the approach of the Constabulary and the commissioner, in addition to having broad experience of major crime, counter terrorism and public order."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Brough
Friday 12th March 2021 at 7:46 pm
I am genuinely alarmed at this news.

What experience / qualification does David Keane have to be so central to the selection of our Police Chief Constable?

As far as I am aware he is a politician with no experience of Policing or the challenges that rank and file officers face on a day to day basis and this is a sinister and alarming example of “mission creep”
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 12th March 2021 at 9:24 pm
Alan I am in full agreement, Keane is squatting in that role now as PCC.... elections were postponed last year. If there are local elections in May we should be voting for the new PCC. This is not democracy in action and the above is (as you say) very alarming.
Chris Jones
Friday 12th March 2021 at 9:33 pm
Excellent analysis, now ask the question.
Why has the PCC for services provided by Cheshire Police in our Council tax seen massive exponential increases of 12% 20% in recent years and now another of 7.1%. Let’s see what presence we get in the village when all the trashy bars reopen.
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 13th March 2021 at 10:28 am
Every year the PCC put out a multiple choice survey asking residents for their say on a rise for Police via Council Tax. The survey is totally rigged as the same person can fill in said survey numerous times 'ad infinitum'. ...the rise is always a foregone conclusion. The Police are not having a good PR week this week with one of their own under arrest for a horrific abduction/ suspected murder. It is looking likely that earlier complaints re this person were ignored.
Also numerous allotments at different sites in the village have been broken in to and nothing much seems to be done even though many of us have strong suspicions as to who is behind a spate of these shed break ins.
I will not be at all happy in paying another huge inflation busting hike to our Police next year. Could some of our esteemed Councillors please stsnd up for us and ask why these people have "carte blanche" to impose huge hikes using rigged surveys to justify said hikes. The survey is open to the entire world and not just CEC council tax payers. Keane takes us for fools and treats us with contempt whilst using us as his "Cash Cow".
Why are our Councillors not demanding accountability from the Force and asking why the PCC elections have been discontinued? Keane is a "tin pot dictator" and whilst many officers have done a good job in the pandemic sadly too many of their colleagues have damaged their reputation by harrassing law abiding members of public, (policing shopping trolleys last year, harrassing innocent walkers in the countryside and bullying families sitting in their own front gardens). They now NEED to rebuild a fair bit of public trust....
Adrian Scott
Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 10:25 am
I am absolutely sure Mark Roberts will be an excellent Chief Constable.
Sadly, as I have said before, the current PCC leaves much to be desired !! How can he possibly fulfil his prime role of "Holding the Chief Constable to account" when he will not even work in the same bulding, the same applies to his responsibility for Finance, HR and Administration when they too are all based at Winsford HQ,
Questioning his HR and Finance skills immediately reminds me of the persecution of Chief Constable Simon Byrne and the undoubted enormous costs associated with his failed action.
Thankfully we will have the opprtunity of replacing him in May and I hope the good people of Cheshire will do exactly that.
Mark Russell
Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 7:34 pm
This “job” is a total waste of money. The government are more than capable of managing chief constables. I’m pretty sure in order to get the top job, they have been fairly adequate in their previous roles. So do we really need a direct line manager? Who by the way is a politician not a copper. All the money on the pcc and his mates employed would be better spent on actual policemen detecting and solving crime.