A FORMER South Tyneside police chief has landed a top role in the force.
Winton Keenen has been appointed as a new Assistant Chief Constable for Northumbria Police.
He joined the force in 1985 and worked his way through the ranks, working for the Serious and Organised Crime Unit and Special Branch, as well as being Superintendent in South Tyneside.
In 2003, he went to Iraq as the first Contingent Commander for the deployment of UK non-military police officers, acting as mentors to the Iraq Police Service.
He was responsible for setting up a police training academy and advising senior police officers.
He said: “I have worked in various demanding roles, but I’m looking forward to the new challenges this new appointment will bring.”