Deputy police chief retires for second time

A former police chief for south east Northumberland has retired from his latest role.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Mark Dennett, has announced his retirement from the role.

The former Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent, who headed up both South Tyneside and Northumberland area commands, played a key role in developing the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

He said: “It’s been great working at the Northumbria Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and I’ve enjoyed the 14 months I have worked there.

“While I had intended to retire when I left Northumbria Police this was too good an opportunity not to be involved with and it’s been a privilege to be involved in a new role and chapter in policing.

“I was pleased to be able to use my 30 years as a serving Northumbria Police officer to help the Commissioner better understand the Force and the demands made upon it.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, who appointed Mark when she took up her post in November 2012, said: “I’m very sorry to see Mark go as he has provided me with invaluable advice. He will be a big miss.”