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Durham's Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Watson has been selected to be the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police

DCC Stephen Watson

Image: Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Watson

Mr Watson will join South Yorkshire later this year having been with Durham since June 2015.

After starting his career with Lancashire Constabulary in 1988, Mr Watson joined Merseyside Police in December 2006 as Chief Superintendent and has since worked for the Metropolitan Police where, as Commander for the East Area he held command of more than 6,000 police officers and staff.

As a senior member of the 2012 Olympic Command Team he was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation in recognition of his role which involved the planning and delivery of all territorial policing across London throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mr Watson said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Deputy Chief Constable in Durham and have met and worked with some fantastic people. 

“The force is truly deserving of its outstanding status and I know Durham will continue to deliver the best possible policing service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.”

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “Stephen Watson is one of the outstanding police leaders of his generation. He has been an exemplary Deputy Chief Constable for Durham, relentlessly committed to delivering the best service possible for the public. Whilst I am sorry to see him go, his talents will be put to good use in South Yorkshire Police, and Durham’s loss is very much their gain.

“The Chief Constable and I will begin our search for a new Deputy Chief Constable immediately”.

Note to Editors:

Stephen Watson has served in the police service for more than 28 years having joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1988.

He joined Merseyside Police in December of 2006 on promotion to Chief Superintendent where he initially headed up the force's Strategic Development department. He subsequently served for 3 years as area commander for Liverpool North. 

In 2011 he was appointed to the Metropolitan Police as Commander for the East Area, with responsibility for all aspects of operational policing across nine London boroughs. This dynamic and diverse area is home to over 2.3 million Londoners and he held command of 6,250 police officers and staff with a total operating budget of £325 million.

As a senior member of the 2012 Olympic Command Team he was awarded the Commissioners Commendation in recognition of his role which involved the planning and delivery of all territorial policing across London throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He also assumed the lead for the MPS in delivering the legacy from the 2012 Games in the Olympic boroughs and regularly performed Gold Command roles in a number of high-profile critical incidents, including a fatal helicopter crash in central London.

In June 2015 Stephen returned to the north of England having been appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Durham Constabulary.

Married, with two children his formal management qualifications include a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Outside of work his passions include sailing, rugby union and travelling and he has a keen interest in current affairs and history.

Posted on Friday 17th June 2016
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