A NEW Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) has joined the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Alliance, the second such appointment in a month.
Gareth Morgan started his new role on Monday this week as the new ACC with responsibility for Local Policing for the Alliance. ACC Karen Manners started on Wednesday 6 June and took on responsibility for Protective Services.
ACC Morgan was appointed on Thursday 7 June, after a stringent selection process involving Warwickshire Police Authority’s Appointments and Remuneration Committee together with Chief Constables Andy Parker and David Shaw and Police Authority chairs Phil Robson and Sheila Blagg. The decision was made by both police authorities.
Gareth joins the force from ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) where he was working as Chief of Staff to the ACPO President, Sir Hugh Orde, and he previously worked for West Midlands Police.
He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Alliance Chief Officer team at this most interesting of times and taking on the exciting challenge of being an ACC for two police forces.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how Warwickshire and West Mercia both deliver policing and contribute to keeping communities safe across four counties.
“Work at ACPO was personally and professionally challenging, but it’s great to be returning to the West Midlands region and having the privilege of working in the force area where I live.”
Sheila Blagg, chairman of West Mercia Police Authority, said: “We are delighted Gareth Morgan has started in the post of Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing.
“He joins the Alliance forces of West Mercia and Warwickshire at a very exciting time for communities. The Chief Constables of both forces and the two respective Police and Crime Commissioners, when elected, will be introducing some innovative changes to local policing.
“This is a big job and Gareth has the experience and personal qualities we need to make sure our communities experience lower levels of crime, stay safe and feel safe. He is an excellent addition to our chief officer teams.”