Lancashire Police Authority has today announced the appointment of a new Assistant Chief Constable.

ACC Mark Bates will join the force from Staffordshire Police, where he is currently a Chief Superintendent and Head of Corporate Development.

Mark joined Staffordshire Police in October 1987 and started his career as a constable in Tamworth.  He moved through the ranks across the county 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.

Speaking of his new role, Mark said: “I am immensely proud to be joining Lancashire Constabulary after 25 years’ service with Staffordshire Police.

“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.”

Police Authority chairman Bruce Jassi added: “I am delighted to welcome Mark Bates to Lancashire Constabulary at such a crucial time in policing.

“We received an excellent response to our recruitment process which saw five eminent candidates shortlisted. They have undergone an extensive appointment process over the past two days to help us find the best person for the job who will complement and enhance the work of our excellent ACPO team.

“Mark is a highly-regarded and respected senior officer and brings extensive experience to this role. He has a proven track record of not only making communities safer and lowering crime levels but also tackling the kind of challenges facing the Constabulary and Lancashire. His appointment will offer the force a great opportunity to strengthen its resilience against future challenges and build on its reputation for success.”

Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan added: “I am delighted with this appointment which came at the end of a very competitive two day process.

“As is always the case with applications to Lancashire Constabulary, the standard was exceptionally high and the candidates were certainly put through their paces and performed very well.

“Mark comes very highly recommended from Staffordshire Police where he has an excellent track record in delivering outstanding performance on reducing crime and also on change management, experience which is clearly very valuable in the current climate of budget cuts. He will be a valuable asset to the Chief Officer team and I am very much looking forward to him joining us in the near future.”

Mark is married with one son, aged 22, and his interests include running and cycling.

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