A FORMER assistant chief constable who oversaw Wigan division has been named as Greater Manchester’s leading officer.
Ian Hopkins has been selected as the new chief constable by interim mayor Tony Lloyd following a two-day interview process.
Currently deputy chief constable, Mr Hopkins has been with Greater Manchester Police since 2008 following roles with Staffordshire, Northamptonshire and Cheshire Police.
Mr Lloyd said: “I’d like to congratulate Ian and look forward to the Police and Crime Panel hearing next week where I hope members will endorse my choice.
“Ian is a highly regarded figure in British policing and has extensive experience of the challenges of policing Greater Manchester.
“As deputy chief constable he has been at the forefront of helping the service cope with the cuts imposed by government, while driving a programme of change to make the service more reflective of the community it serves.
“This strategic expertise is complemented by first-rate operational experience of leading the police response to major incidents such as the 2011 riots.”
Mr Hopkins was selected ahead of Simon Byrne, chief constable of Cheshire constabulary.
He said: “I am honoured to be taking over the new role and look forward to continuing to work with all my colleagues and wider partners during what is going to be a really difficult time for GMP.
“At the core of what I want to do as chief constable is to ensure that we continue to deliver a really good service to the people of Greater Manchester.”