Durham Chief Constable, Mike Barton, has announced that he has appointed Dave Orford as Assistant Chief Constable.
Dave joined the Constabulary as a constable in March 1995 having previously served in the Royal Engineers.
Mr Barton said, â€œDave has been Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for 18 months now and has demonstrated himself to be highly capable in this challenging roleâ€.
Dave said, â€œI have served the residents of County Durham and Darlington throughout my police career and I am immensely proud to have beenÂ appointed to this role in the county I was born and brought up in.Â I look forwarding to continuing my work with colleagues and partners to make County Durham and Darlington a safer placeâ€.
Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner, said, â€œI am thrilled that Dave will become a permanent member of the executive teamâ€.