Top South Yorkshire detective moves forces

Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates.
Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates.
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One of South Yorkshire’s most senior ranking officers has joined Derbyshire Police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates, who is head of specialist crime services in South Yorkshire, has been appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable in Derbyshire.

Det Chf Supt Bates, who joined South Yorkshire Police in 1987 and has spent most of his service in CID working on a number of murders, was brought up in Derbyshire.

He said: “I know the north east of the county very well and I’m extremely pleased and privileged to have been chosen to serve in Derbyshire.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton has had his appointment made permanent.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Part of the success of Derbyshire Constabulary is the stable and strong command team and I’m delighted to make these new appointments.

“Both Gary and Martyn understand the many challenges we face and what the force is seeking to achieve.

“I’m looking forward to them both becoming permanent members of my team and taking the organisation further forward.”