First woman to be appointed chief officer

Jo Byrne, new assistant chief constable at South Yorkshire Police
Jo Byrne, new assistant chief constable at South Yorkshire Police
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The first woman has been appointed to a chief police officer role in South Yorkshire.

Jo Byrne is the new assistant chief constable for South Yorkshire Police.

The 47-year-old has worked for West Midlands Police since 1986.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “I’m delighted Jo is joining the force.

“She is a hugely capable and highly-experienced officer whose dynamism, drive and creativity will be of great benefit to the people of South Yorkshire.”

In the past Ms Byrne, who lives in Derbyshire, has spearheaded a drive to improve public satisfaction with policing and is an experienced strategic firearms commander.

She said: “I’m thrilled and excited to have been selected as the assistant chief constable and very much look forward to working with the many different communities in South Yorkshire.

“I’ve been made very welcome and already feel part of the policing family.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Tracey Cheetham added: “Jo’s experience, particularly in terms of public engagement and track record in delivering services that are truly customer focused, will be of great benefit to all our communities.”