A new Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has been confirmed by Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
Keith Smy, currently acting Deputy Chief Constable, has been appointed into the role.
Rhodes said: “I am delighted that Keith has accepted the position and it means that I can now advertise for a permanent Assistant Chief Constable.
“I wanted to move as quickly as possible to secure a stable chief officer team.”
Smy has worked as deputy chief constable in the county since August.
He started his police career in Staffordshire Police in 1984 moving up to Head of Protective Services Basic Command Unit (BCU), and is a graduate of the High Potential Development Scheme.
After selection for the Strategic Command Course in 2008, he moved to Lincolnshire as Assistant Chief Constable.
He’s also worked as a BCU Commander at Trent Valley BCU for four years and Head of the Forces Human Resource Department for three years.
Asa teenager, he lived in the village of Billinghay, attending the Lafford School.
He has a particular interest in working with young people, tackling youth crime and victimisation, and promoting and fostering the active participation of the community in volunteering in a variety of roles, not least the Special Constabulary.
He said: “I am honoured to serve Lincolnshire as the Deputy Chief Constable.
“This is a great force, full of amazing people. Despite the funding challenges, politics and bureaucracy I’m looking forward to 2014 because I know that every day someone in the force will do something to make me feel proud to be part of this team.”
The role of Assistant Chief Constable is advertised on Leading Lincolnshire Police for potential applicants.