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 Jo Farrell has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable


Jo Farrell has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Durham.

Her appointment was confirmed by the independent Police and Crime Panel sitting this afternoon.

Jo first became a police officer in 1991 and joined Durham Constabulary in November 2016 as Deputy Chief Constable.

She said: “I am both delighted and privileged to be appointed as Chief Constable of Durham. I very much look forward to leading this outstanding force from strength to strength”.

Last month she was named the preferred candidate of Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham and Darlington.

Speaking before today’s hearing, Mr Hogg said: “I organised a thorough recruitment exercise for the best person to be Chief Constable, and was very pleased that Durham Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, Jo Farrell, was my preferred candidate”.

Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, said: “The Panel was impressed with the quality of the answers provided by Deputy Chief Constabulary Jo Farrell and the breadth of her experience and was, therefore, pleased to endorse her appointment.”

Jo will formally take up her new role on Saturday.