Police authority appoints new chief executive

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Nottinghamshire Police Authority has announced the appointment of Kevin Dennis as its new Chief Executive. Mr Dennis, who lives in Nottinghamshire, will take over the position at a time when the Authority is facing severe funding cuts.

He will also be expected to oversee the smooth transition to the new police governance arrangements leading up to the introduction of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in May 2012.

Mr Dennis has over 23 years’ of experience in Community Safety, criminal justice services and Local Government, working for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and the national Youth Justice Board. He began his public sector career with Nottinghamshire County Council. He lives within Nottinghamshire with his family.

Speaking after his appointment was announced Mr Dennis said: “I am delighted and proud to be offered the position of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Police Authority. I am committed to working closely with Nottinghamshire Police and other partner organisations to build upon the recent success in driving down crime levels across the county.

“In addition I will be focused on ensuring Nottinghamshire Police continue to offer value for money in order to try to protect frontline policing. Policing and crime are important to the public and it is important that the Police Authority engage the public in how the proposed introduction of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners will change the accountability and scrutiny arrangements for policing.”

Jon Collins, Chairman of the Authority, said: “On behalf of the Police Authority, I would like to welcome Kevin to the team.

“The future holds some unique challenges, both financially and in terms of the changes that are on the horizon so it is important that we maintain our focus on driving down crime. There is a great deal of work to be covered in the months ahead and members will work closely with Kevin to ensure the Authority maintains its own performance improvements.”

Mr Dennis will take over the reins from the Interim Chief Executive Alan Given, who is expected to remain with the Authority for a short handover period.