Force appoints ACC with 'background in large events and serious crime'
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has appointed an “extremely experienced” officer as its new assistant chief constable.
Mabs Hussain, who was appointed MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours, joins the force from West Yorkshire Police (WYP), where he spent the first 22 years of his policing career.
Although told he would be appointed to the chief officer team at WYP as soon as a vacancy arose, he applied for the assistant chief constable post at GMP in the meantime and was accepted.
Mr Hussain’s portfolio at GMP will be confirmed later this week, although an official start date has yet to be confirmed.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mabs to the GMP family. He is an extremely experienced officer and he will help us to continue to drive the force forward.
“His background in large events and serious crime will help us to continue to protect the people of Greater Manchester and his work around local policing will help us work our communities to keep everyone safe.
“I look forward to welcoming him to the force in the coming weeks.”
Mr Hussain began his career at West Yorkshire Police in uniform but over the past few years progressed through the ranks, working as a detective in strategic force postings, as well as a period as the temporary commander for Leeds before becoming the district commander for Wakefield in 2016.
He is also a Gold firearms and public order commander, overseeing events such as Chapeltown Carnical, Leeds United home games and, most recently, protests between the National Front and counter protestors in July this year.
Mr Hussain, who was appointed MBE for his services to West Yorkshire Police and his extensive charity work, said: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I have great admiration for the work GMP has done for some time, knowing they are a similar size to WYP and respecting the way they have responded to particularly challenging times over the years.
“Their commitment to public service and the demands I can expect to face in my new role were all things which appealed to me to join the GMP family.
“I am immensely proud of my time at WYP but look forward to a new challenge at GMP.”