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New deputy chief constable appointed

Posted on 22nd May 2017
ACC Knighton - uniform

A new deputy chief constable has been appointed today to take over from Peter Goodman when he starts his new role as chief constable.

Gary Knighton, who is currently the deputy chief constable for Lincolnshire Police, will take over the role at the end of June.

Prior to working at Lincolnshire, where he joined in April last year, Gary served in Derbyshire for 27 years and has worked at both north and south divisions.

Gary was born and bred in the county and he and family still live here.

He said: “I am delighted to be returning to Derbyshire as deputy chief constable. I have many happy memories spent in the county during my 27 years’ service and am looking forward to, once again, serving the communities of this wonderful county.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Throughout his policing career, Gary has served up and down the county and he knows Derbyshire like the back of his hand – he is an experienced police officer, a serving deputy chief constable and he is utterly committed to the people of this county. 

“He is an excellent appointment to the role of deputy chief constable and will work brilliantly with Peter Goodman who takes up the post of chief constable next Thursday.  I have every confidence that Gary will continue to serve Derbyshire with the same unwavering dedication that has defined his career so far.”


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