IAN Hopkins has been appointed as the new Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

The current Deputy Chief Constable was selected by the Mayor Tony Lloyd, in his capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner, following a challenging interview process.

Mr Hopkins has been with the force since 2008 after various roles at Staffordshire, Northamptonshire and Cheshire Police.

He will replace Sir Peter Fahy, who will step down next month after announcing his retirement during the summer to bring his 34-year career in policing to an end.

In a statement, PCC Lloyd described Mr Hopkins as ‘a highly regarded figure in British policing’ and admitted it was a difficult decision to choose between him and fellow candidate Simon Byrne who were both ‘impressive’.

He added: “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.

“I’m confident that Ian is the person to lead GMP and work with me to build safer, stronger communities and ensure the people of Greater Manchester have an effective police service.”

Mr Hopkins said he is ‘honoured’ to be selected for the high-profile position and wants to ‘build on the excellent work’ of Sir Peter Fahy.

He commented: “I am honoured to be taking over the role of Chief Constable 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.”

His appointment will now be considered by the Police and Crime Panel on Friday (September 26) following the meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in Stockport.

Sir Peter was appointed the head of GMP – one of the largest police forces in the UK – in 2008 and is paid a £193,000 annual salary.

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