A former Blackpool police officer has landed one of the top jobs in a neighbouring force.
Ian Pilling, who began his career in the resort, has started in his new role as deputy chief constable with Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
I am delighted to have the opportunity but I don’t underestimate the challenges aheadIan Pilling
Dept Ch Con Pilling’s first police job was in Blackpool when he joined the force in 1990.
He held several positions across Lancashire, working his way up to the rank of chief inspector, before moving to Greater Manchester.
He has worked predominantly in unformed roles across Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester during his career.
Most recently he was assistant chief constable with Merseyside Police, a position he held since April 2013, before being appointed to replace Ian Hopkins, who was promoted to fill the vacancy left by Sir Peter Fahy, the outgoing chief constable at GMP.
When he was appointed to his new role, Det Ch Con Pilling said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity but I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead.”