Forces appoint ACC to lead collaborative policing functions

Two West Midlands forces have promoted an Avon and Somerset Constabulary superintendent to lead shared policing services in the region.

Jul 3, 2018
By Joe Shine
Geoff Wessell: "The values of both forces are very much in line with my own: professionalism, integrity, selflessness and dedicated to the care and protection of the public."

Geoff Wessell will work with the two existing assistant chief constables for local policing in West Mercia and Warwickshire and oversee the delivery of the policing services that are a part of their alliance.

As Assistant Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, he takes responsibility for operations, criminal justice, strategic roads policing, public order and firearms.

West Mercia police and crime commissioner (PCC) John Campion said: “This new post ensures new dedicated leadership for key areas of policing, such as child sexual exploitation, drugs and major crimes.

“I look forward to working with Geoff to ensure the force is delivering the best possible service to our communities, for whom I know these are important issues.”

Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe added: “I look forward to working with Geoff in this new post which will help to oversee the shared policing functions across the two forces, ensuring they are working as efficiently and effectively as possible.

“He brings a wide range of skills and experience and this will be a huge asset in helping to deliver a safer, more secure Warwickshire.”

Mr Wessell began his policing career with Greater Manchester Police in 1992, spending his initial four years working the city centre beat in Manchester before working throughout the metropolitan area and specialising in leading major and serious crime investigations.

After moving to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 2010, he served in several roles including two years as the commander for policing in rural Somerset along with an extended period of temporary promotion to chief superintendent leading the Prevention and Protection department, which was responsible for safeguarding, victim and offender management.

Mr Wessell said: “I’m proud to be joining two forces known for their professionalism and dedication to protecting people from harm.

“The values of both forces are very much in line with my own: professionalism, integrity, selflessness and dedicated to the care and protection of the public.

“I am excited to begin working with our officers, staff and volunteers to deliver the very best service our communities deserve.”

Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police Martin Jelley said: “I am delighted to welcome Geoff to our chief officer team. Geoff brings with him the experience and skills required to best support our two police forces and the communities that we serve.”

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham added: “I am delighted to welcome Geoff to our Chief Officer team, bringing with him the experience and skills required to best support our two police forces delivering our shared services to the communities we serve.”

Mr Wessell begins his new role on July 9.

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