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Humberside chief takes on temp role at Cleveland Police

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Humberside Police chief constable Lee Freeman has taken on a temporary role at Cleveland Police.

The neighbouring police force recently lost their chief constable Mike Veale after he resigned amid an investigation into his behaviour.

Now Lee Freeman has stepped into the role temporarily for the next three months until Cleveland Police can find a permanent chief constable.

He said: “The sudden departure of a Chief Constable can have a significant impact for the staff at any police force.

“It is my aim to lessen this impact as much as possible to enable the hard working officers and staff to continue to deliver a great service to victims and the public.

“This is a temporary arrangement to support Cleveland Police through this uncertain period. The PCC for Cleveland, having sought advice from national policing bodies asked me if I would be willing to assist Cleveland Police.

“I discussed the request with Humberside PCC Keith Hunter and have agreed to support Cleveland Police for three months whilst they appoint a new permanent Chief Constable.

“I look forward to returning to Humberside at the end of the three month period and am completely confident that Humberside Police will be in very capable hands during that time.”

Humberside Police’s deputy chief constable Chris Rowley will step into Lee Freeman’s role while he is in his new role at Cleveland Police.