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Wiltshire police appoint Mike Veale to challenging role as the permanent deputy chief constable

Deputy Chief Constable Mike VealeDeputy Chief Constable Mike VealeWiltshire Police have announced the appointment of 47-year-old Mike Veale as Deputy Chief Constable in the county force following his role for almost 12 months as the temporary deputy chief constable.

Interviews for the permanent post – a challenging role with police budgets under pressure and morale depressed -- were held yesterday (Monday) at the police headquarters in Devizes.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty told Marlborough News Online:  “The interview panel were very impressed by his engaging and motivational leadership style and his awareness of the substantial challenges facing the wider police service over the coming months and years.

“I very much look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Mr Veale, a policeman since 1984, responded:  “I am really proud and privileged to have been selected.  I do not under-estimate the significant responsibility this exciting and challenging role brings.

“The force continues to be one of the top performers in the country, not only in terms of reducing crime and anti social behaviour but also being one of the least costly and providing value for money.

“The force priorities over the coming months are to maintain that success, continue to prevent crime, protect the most vulnerable in society and improve the high quality service we provide to local communities.”

And he added:  “We will build on the continued support of the people who live and work in Wiltshire and listen to their views so that we are able to tailor the service to meets their needs and expectations.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our officers and staff who remain dedicated to public service and, despite some of the daily challenges they face, continue to be selfless in their endeavours to keep people safe.

“Leadership is made slightly less challenging when you are amongst so many who are so courageous and committed to their local communities.”

Mr Veale, married with one son, joined Wiltshire Police in 2005 as a Detective Superintendent from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  He was subsequently promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent as the head of CID, before being promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in 2011.

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