Top cop promoted to post

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A POLICE chief has been appointed to one of the force’s top roles.

Michael Banks has become Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary after working in the post temporarily since October.

He began working for the organisation after graduating from Sheffield University in 1985 after studying classics.

Mr Banks said: “I am honoured to have been given the job of Deputy Chief Constable with Durham Constabulary.

“I look forward to continuing my career here, working with a team of dedicated, professional police officers and staff.

“I will be committed to ensuring that our excellent performance in providing a first-class policing service for the people of County Durham and Darlington is maintained.”

He worked in a number of uniformed and detective roles before taking up a host of specialist roles and has completed secondments to the Home Office, Government Office North East and Durham County Council.