A FORMER Sunderland police officer has landed the job of Northumbria’s Assistant Chief Constable.
ACC Winton Keenen’s (pictured) policing career began with Northumbria in 1985 where he was stationed as a PC on patrol in Sunderland North.
Since then he worked in many different departments and take on specialist roles such as a dedicated Senior Investigating Officer for homicide, Strategic Firearms Commander and hostage negotiation.
ACC Keenen also worked for the Professional Standards Department, the Serious and Organised Crime Unit and Special Branch as well as area commands, including a role as Superintendent at South Tyneside.
In 2003 he went to Iraq as the first Contingent Commander for the deployment of UK non-military police officers acting as mentors to members of the Iraq Police Service. While there, he became responsible for setting up a police training academy and advising local senior police officers.
Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of ACC Winton Keenen. He has had an impressive operational background, with experience in specialist roles and has a good knowledge of the workings of the force.”