Northumbria Police is welcoming back a familiar face with the appointment of a new assistant chief constable (ACC).
Debbie Ford joined Northumbria as a PC in 1993 before rising through the ranks and serving as the force’s head of crime until 2015.
She was temporarily promoted to assistant chief constable, but left eight months later to take a permanent position at Greater Manchester Police.
There, she oversaw a number of areas, including serious crime and public protection, and was Gold commander for the Manchester Arena bombing.
She is now returning to the region following the appointment by chief constable Winton Keenen.
ACC Ford, who has worked in neighbourhood policing, 24/7 response, business improvement and crime, said: “It is a privilege to be able to return to Northumbria Police, and on a personal note, I’m delighted that I’m coming back home.
“I was born and raised in this region and had a long career with the force so I know how talented the officers and staff are here. To be able to help shape the way we police the area and serve our communities is something that really excites me.”