Chief Constable Mick Creedon will continue to lead Derbyshire police for an additional year after the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner extended his contract.
The decision was formally announced at yesterday’s Strategic Governance Board (SGB) meeting and means that Mr Creedon will now continue in his post until November 2016.
The Commissioner’s decision follows the recent PEEL Report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), in which specific mention was made of the Chief Constable’s ‘well-led’ leadership of the force.
Mr Charles said: “These are difficult times for policing, and I want to do all I can to ensure that the force is in the best hands.
“The Chief has delivered all that has been asked of him in the most challenging of funding circumstances, consistently demonstrating the sort of skill and determination that does much to keep crime down and people safe from harm.
“Mr Creedon has already said that he wishes to carry on working in policing, and in the interests of continuity, stability and staff morale, I welcome the opportunity to extend his contract for a further year.
“This is a clear indication of my support for the Chief. He is an outstanding officer with an exemplary record, making a significant and valuable difference to the force and to our Derbyshire communities.”
He added: “By looking to the future in this way, I am not only assuring the Chief Constable of my confidence in him but also hoping that the knowledge of his continuing presence for at least another two years will help the force cope with the Government’s continuing savage funding cuts.”
The longest serving Chief Constable in the region, Mr Creedon joined Derbyshire Constabulary in 2003 when he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable (Operations). He was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in 2011.
He joined the police service in Leicestershire when he was 22, spending most of his service as a detective and becoming head of the specialist crime department before his move to Derbyshire.
As well as being one of the longest serving Chief Constables in the country, Mr Creedon also holds significant national responsibilities. He is the National Policing Lead for Serious and Organised Crime and sits on a number of national boards and works closely with the National Crime Agency. He leads the development of Regional Organised Crime Units across the country, and in addition he is the National Policing Lead for Financial Investigation and the Recovery of Criminal Assets. Mr Creedon has carried out several high profile reviews and investigations in other force areas and he is the independent lead for Operation Herne, investigating Special Branch undercover policing in the Metropolitan Police Service dating back to 1968.
Mr Creedon said “I’m delighted to receive this strong support from Alan Charles, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire. I’ve been the Chief Constable here for over seven years and it remains as much an honour now as it was when I started in October 2007.
“These are incredibly challenging times for policing but the recent excellent assessments from HMIC and others, coupled with the strong support we get from our partners and the community, are a reflection of the fantastic work done every day by the officers and staff of this force - I am proud of the work they do.
“Despite the huge drop in our finances and ultimately our resources and despite the fact we are having to fundamentally change the service we give, we are determined to do all we can to protect the vulnerable, reduce crime, attack those who seek to harm others and help make the city and county a better place to live in, work in and visit.”