A NEW second in command has been named for Lancashire Police.
Mark Bates has been appointed the new assistant chief constable of the force, after 25 years experience with Staffordshire Police.
He started his career as a constable in Tamworth, Staffordshire and moved through the ranks before becoming the commander of North Staffordshire Division in 2008.
His appointment to Lancashire Constabulary followed a stringent selection process by a special recruitment panel of Police Authority members headed by chairman of the Authority, Bruce Jassi.
The father-of-one, who enjoys running and cycling, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and am pleased to be joining such a highly-regarded force which has its communities at the heart of everything it does. Through my role I intend to keep up the good work and continue to deliver an excellent service to Lancashire residents.”
Bruce Jassi, Police Authority chairman, added: “I am delighted to welcome Mark to Lancashire Constabulary at such a crucial time in policing.”