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Executive Team

The Executive Team provides Northumbria Police with the leadership needed to ensure delivery of the force strategy.

Each member of the Executive Team is designated with responsibility and leadership for key areas, ensuring policing, strategies and methods are developed to support the force in providing the service expected by its communities.

The team works with colleagues, the Police and Crime Commissioner, staff associations, external organisations, the Home Office, partners in the criminal justice system and the private business sector, to support the force as it serves Northumbria’s communities.

Winton Keenen – Chief Constable

Chief Constable Keenen's policing career began with Northumbria in 1985 when he was posted to Sunderland as a frontline Pc. In 2003/4, he was posted to Iraq and was responsible for setting up a police training academy and advising local senior police officers. During Winton’s career he has taken on a variety of specialist roles including those of dedicated Senior Investigating Officer for homicide and Kidnap and Extortion, Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Co-ordinator, as well as Tactical and Strategic Firearms Commander and Head of Crime.

Winton Keenen – Chief Constable
Darren Best – Deputy Chief Constable

Darren Best – Deputy Chief Constable

Darren began his career in Cleveland Constabulary in 1989 as a probationer in Southbank. He joined Northumbria in 2016 as the Assistant Chief Constable. Now as Deputy Chief, he is an accredited Strategic Firearms Commander and takes the lead on public order issues. Darren is responsible for Business, Performance and Standards within the force.

Rachel Bacon – Assistant Chief Constable

Rachel joined Northumbria Police in June 2017 and is responsible for the areas such as custody, criminal justice and communications. Before her move north, Rachel was Head of Crime for Sussex Police. Rachel is now the force's lead for Safeguarding, Custody and how we improve our service to victims of crime.

Rachel Bacon – Assistant Chief Constable
Debbie Ford- Assistant Chief Constable

Debbie Ford- Assistant Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford joined Northumbria as a PC in 1993 before rising through the ranks and serving as the Force’s Head of Crime until 2015. She was temporarily promoted to Assistant Chief Constable but left the Force eight months later to take a permanent position at Greater Manchester Police. Assistant Chief Constable Ford will now bring her vast experience back to the region she calls home. Debbie is responsible for strategic force improvement and local policing.

David Felton- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

David has more than 23 years’ service in various roles and departments across the force, including area command, Neighbourhood and Crime Department and for the past year has served as Chief Superintendent in Communications and Operations. Assistant Chief Constable Felton is now the force's lead for Communications, Operations, Crime and Protective Services.

David Felton- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable
Joscelin Lawson- Director of People & Development

Joscelin Lawson- Director of People & Development

Joscelin joined Northumbria Police in 1990 and is the strategic lead for departments such as Business Services, Communications and Engagement, Human Resources, People Development and Legal Services.

Mike Tait- Director of Finance & IT

Mike joined Northumbria Police in 1996 as the Financial Services Manager. Mike now is the Director of Finance and ICT and his portfolio includes Finance, ICT, Information and Strategic Asset Management.

Mike Tait- Director of Finance & IT
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