Police chief constable will remain until 2024

Humberside Police chief constable Lee freeman will be retained until 2024 following a HM Inspectorate “good” report.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 2:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 12:57 pm
Humberside Police and Crime commissioner Keith Hunter reappoints chief constable Lee Freeman
Humberside Police and Crime commissioner Keith Hunter reappoints chief constable Lee Freeman

Humberside Police and Crime commissioner Keith Hunter has extended the chief constable’s contract following the recent inspection where the force was rated ‘Good’ across all areas for the first time in its history.

Mr Freeman also recently completed a successful three-month secondment as interim chief constable at Cleveland Police on the recommendation of the College chief constable.

CC Lee Freeman said: “I am delighted to agree a contract extension as Chief Constable and look forward to ensuring the recent improvements that my staff and officers have recently delivered continues.”

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Force Police and Crime commissioner Keith Hunter said: “In 2017 I set him a challenging goal to turn around the performance of the Force, which for many years had been seen as failing, and raise the morale of his officers and staff which was at a considerably low point.”

He added: “On behalf of the public in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, my role is to hold the chief

constable to account for performance, and I have been delighted with the substantial progress made under Lee’s leadership.

“The recent HMICFRS Assessment also clearly shows the achievements made and that there is potential to improve even further due to the changes instituted by Lee and his team

“This turnaround has led to significant local and national attention, with HMICFRS senior staff seeking an understanding of the approach taken. Other forces seeking to improve are now being signposted to Humberside by the Inspectorate.

“This also led to the College of Policing recommending Lee to bring stability to Cleveland Police during a difficult period for that force and he also excelled in that role. When I announced his secondment to Cleveland there were concerns from many that Lee would not be with Humberside Police for much longer and would be headhunted to run a larger force.

“It is my belief that losing Lee Freeman in the foreseeable future would be damaging to the Force in a number of respects; morale of staff would suffer and public confidence would be adversely affected, therefore I have moved to secure his long term future by extending his contract by two

years to June 2024.

“I believe this will receive strong local support from both the public and within the Force.”