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New Deputy Chief Constable appointed 12 December 2007

THE Chief Constable Designate is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Roberts as Deputy Chief Constable.

DCC Designate Gary RobertsBorn and raised on the Island, Gary Roberts, 44, joined the Isle of Man Constabulary in 1984 and has served as Superintendent since 2005. He will take up the post of Deputy Chief Constable from January 1, under the new Chief Constable Mike Langdon.

Mr Langdon said:

‘I am delighted to be able to appoint Gary Roberts as my deputy. He has played a key role in modernising the Constabulary and he has an unrivalled knowledge of policing in the Isle of Man. His appointment is the best that the Constabulary and the people of the Island could have wished for.’

The appointment was supported by the Department of Home Affairs. Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle commented:

‘Mr Gary Roberts is to be congratulated on his well deserved promotion and along with the recent appointment of Mr Mike Langdon as Chief Constable, it ensures that the Isle of Man Constabulary will have talented and dedicated leaders in place at the start of the New Year. The Department will be looking to them to maintain the Island’s extremely low crime rate, to retain the focus on neighbourhood policing in partnership with the community and to inspire and develop the Constabulary to meet the challenges of 21st century policing.’

Gary Roberts worked as a Constable in Douglas, Onchan and CID before being promoted to Detective Sergeant in the Fraud Squad in 1996. In this post he led the Constabulary’s response to the UK Government’s Edwards Inquiry into enforcement and financial supervision in the Crown Dependencies. In 1999 he was promoted to Inspector, taking responsibility for strategic planning and media relations, whilst also acting as staff officer to the Chief Constable. In 2002 he was further promoted to Chief Inspector, becoming responsible for uniform operations.

In January 2005 he became Superintendent with responsibility for all operational policing across the Island. In this role he had responsibility for implementing the neighbourhood policing model. Additionally he is a Senior Investigating Officer, a firearms commander and is a leadership team advisor for the renowned Work Foundation.

Gary Roberts said:

‘I am immensely proud of the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man Constabulary and the first class people who work for it. It is a privilege and an honour to be appointed Deputy Chief Constable. The Island’s new Chief Constable is a dynamic and innovative leader and I will be working closely with him to improve the service that we give to the public and to meet the increasingly complex challenges that keeping the Island safe will present.’

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