Top cop asked to stay in post

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon. Photo contributed.
Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon. Photo contributed.
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An extension to the contract of Derbyshire’s Police Constable Mick Creedon will provide much needed stability amid a period of unprecedented change, according to the chairman of the police authority.

Councillor Philip Hickson made his comments after the Home Office Senior Appointments Panel officially approved the extension which had been submitted by the Authority. Mr Creedon will now remain in the role until at least November 2014.

Cllr Hickson said: “We wholeheartedly support the extension of the Chief Constable’s contract which will provide us with much-needed stability amid challenging economic conditions.

“Policing as a whole is entering a period of unprecedented change over the next 12 months as we prepare to welcome the arrival of directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners and it is reassuring to be led into this new dawn by a familiar face who has more than proven his capabilities over the last four years.

“We continue to offer our full support to the plans he is putting in place to improve police performance for the benefit of all residents.”

Mr Creedon said: “Whilst we do face some huge challenges, particularly in meeting the big reductions in our grant, I know that I lead a fantastic organisation and we have the support of our communities we seek to serve.

“I’m really grateful for the ongoing support from Philip Hickson and the Police Authority and the fact they strongly supported my application to remain here in post.

“I’m very privileged and proud to serve as Derbyshire’s Chief Constable.”