Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner appoints new chief executive

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A man who spent 30 years fighting crime in Warwickshire,

rising through the ranks from Constable to Chief

Superintendent, has been appointed the new Chief Executive

to the office of Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner,

today announced the appointment of Neil Hewison as Chief

Executive and Monitoring Officer.

He said: “I’m delighted to announce that I’m appointing

Neil Hewison as my new Chief Executive. After a thorough

and rigorous selection process from a very strong field of

applicants Neil demonstrated that he brings a great deal

more to the role in addition to his very distinguished

police career in Warwickshire police and more recently his

role in the criminal justice system. My job is all about

partnership working and Neil has a clear understanding of

the importance of those relationships. Mark Gore has done

an outstanding job as interim Chief Executive and will be

helping Neil to bed in over the coming weeks.”

With a Police Officer father and nurse mother, Neil. Aged

56, has described himself as having public service in his


The former Coventry schoolboy spent much of his 30 years

with Warwickshire Police in the north of the county rising

from the rank of Constable to Chief Superintendent.

Neil described his career: “In 2002 as a Chief Inspector I

was appointed District Commander for North Warwickshire.

During this time I formed close links with partners and

worked hard to improve the Policing Service provided to the

local community.

“In 2004 I was appointed District Commander for Nuneaton

and Bedworth overseeing the move from the old police

station into the new Justice Centre. Again, I worked hard

with local partners to reduce crime and anti-social

behaviour in the borough.

“As Superintendent I commanded resources across the whole

force area and was heavily involved in the force

restructuring programmes.

“As Detective Superintendent Specialist Investigations I

led the force’s response to serious and organised crime and

protecting vulnerable people such as child abuse, domestic

abuse and the management of dangerous offenders.

“In 2010 I was appointed Chief Superintendent in charge of

local policing for Warwickshire. With Colleagues I led the

force change programme Operation Bletchtley and managed the

day to day policing activity across the force area.

“During my service I became an accredited Public Order

Commander, a Firearms Tactical Commander and a Hostage


“In the last two years of my service I commanded a number

of high profile significant policing operations. The

English Defence League protest in Nuneaton during 2010, the

royal visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Leamington in 2011,

and I commanded for three years the Bull Dog Bash event at

Long Marston near Stratford. I am proud that all of these

events were successfully policed and passed off safely.”

Neil retired from Warwickshire Police in 2012 after 30

years service and has been leading Criminal Justice for

Warwickshire Police working with partners to provide a more

responsive and transparent service for the public of


He said: “I have spent my whole working life in public

service and I see my appointment as Chief Executive and

Monitoring Officer to the Police and Crime Commissioner as

a natural extension of my public service career.

“I am very much looking forward to working and supporting

the Police and Crime Commissioner and his deputy in holding

the Chief Constable to account for the Policing service

provided to the public of Warwickshire. I believe that my

extensive policing experience in Warwickshire will make me

effective in my new role.”