Northumbria Police has a new chief constable who will head up the force starting from Thursday.
Steve Ashman has been the acting chief constable since Sue Sim annoucned in April that she would retire from the role.
He has now been formally appointed by the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel, as the force’s and crime commissioner Vera Baird’s preferred candidate.
Panel chairman, Sunderland councillor Harry Trueman said: “Steve Ashman is an excellent choice and will make a fantastic chief constable for Northumbria Police.
“The panel process worked really well. There was an extremely high level in the candidates who went for the role, but the panel’s decision was unanimous.”
Mr Ashman said: “I am honoured to be appointed as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.”
“Mr Ashman joined Northumbria in 2009 as Assistant Chief Constable and became Deputy in 2013.