South Yorks: First female Assistant Chief Constable

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Jo Byrne has been appointed the new Assistant Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police.

The West Midlands Police officer is the first woman ever to be appointed to a chief officer position in South Yorkshire.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “I’m delighted that Jo is joining the force - she is a hugely capable and highly-experienced officer whose dynamism, drive and creativity will be of great benefit to the people of South Yorkshire.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Tracey Cheetham added “Jo’s experience, particularly in terms of public engagement, will be of great benefit to all our communities.”

Mrs Byrne, 47, has worked for West Midlands Police since 1986 and held a variety of roles.

In 2002 she led a programme to improve public contact and to improve the way in which the force responded to calls for service.

Three years later, she spearheaded the Force’s drive to embed values within the organisation and to improve public satisfaction.

She has been a commander in two areas of the West Midlands - Smethwick and North Walsall.

Mrs Byrne is also an experienced strategic firearms commander, and is the deputy senior responsible officer for the Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme.

She said: “I’m thrilled and excited to have been selected as the Assistant Chief Constable and very much look forward to working with the many different communities in South Yorkshire.” I’ve been made very welcome and already feel part of the policing family.”