Patrick Geenty has been appointed as Wiltshire Police’s new Deputy Chief Constable by the Wiltshire Police Authority (WPA).
And Mr Geenty, who joined the police service in 1983, is no stranger to the post nor to the cuts the county police force is facing under government restrictions.
Having served in Gloucestershire and Humberside before joining Wiltshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in April 2009, he has been Temporary Deputy Chief Constable since the sad death of David Ainsworth, the previous Deputy Chief Constable, in March this year.
Christopher Hoare, WPA chairman, told Marlborough News Online: “We’ve worked closely with Patrick on the plans to remove £15 million from the police budget over the period of the government’s spending cuts whilst maintaining the service to the public.”
“We now look forward to working with him on the transition to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire who will be elected in November 2012.”
Chief Constable Brian Moore said: “I am delighted to see Patrick substantively appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Constable which allows us to continue the very solid progress we are making in improving performance whilst reducing our costs.”
And Mr Geenty responded: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Deputy Chief Constable in a force that has made such excellent progress over the past few years. I am looking forward to working with the Chief Constable and the Police Authority over the coming months to develop our service to the public even further.”
“We will need to continue making significant savings and prepare for the arrival of the new Police and Crime Commissioner, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”