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Police promotions 25 February 2008

The Isle of Man Constabulary has confirmed a significant number of staffing changes.

As a result of the promotion to Chief Constable of Mike Langdon and to Deputy Chief Constable of Gary Roberts, a series of promotions is to become effective from today (25 February 2008).

Supt Paul CubbonTaking overall responsibility for neighbourhood policing will be Superintendent Paul Cubbon, who has been promoted from his post as Inspector in charge of the Southern Neighbourhood Policing Team. He will be assisted by Chief Inspector Simon Lowe, who has been promoted from the post as Inspector in charge of the Western Neighbourhood Policing Team. Chief Inspector Lowe will have specific responsibility for young people; drugs and alcohol policy and the Constabulary’s approach to call handling and quality of service.

Four of the five Neighbourhoods Policing teams will require a new head between now and June 2008. As a result of the promotions of Paul Cubbon and Simon Lowe, Insp Michael MussonInspector Michael Musson will take over the Southern Neighbourhood Policing Team. Latterly employed with the Constabulary’s prosecutions department, he has previously been a Sergeant in the Southern team. Meanwhile Inspector Mark Britton, previously a Sergeant in Douglas, will take charge of the Western team. Inspector Sid Caine of the Eastern Team will transfer to head the Constabulary’s major crime team. His place will be taken by Insp Helen MasonInspector Helen Mason, previously a Sergeant in Ramsey. Inspector Dave Duke will retire as head of the Northern team in June 2008. His place will then be taken by Inspector Derek Flint, who currently runs the Roads Policing Unit. The fifth neighbourhood, Douglas, will continue to be run by Inspector Ken Kneale.

Insp Will CampbellInspector Will Campbell, latterly a Sergeant in Douglas, is promoted to take charge of the Constabulary’s custody and call handling functions. He will also take on the role of Police Media Liaison Officer.

The selection of the new Neighbourhood Inspectors marked a considerable departure from established practice. For the first time local partners, ranging from local authorities to youth workers, were given a direct role in the selection of the new neighbourhood Inspectors.

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Roberts said:

‘Giving our partners a say in who runs the successful neighbourhood policing teams is a natural extension of our approach to neighbourhood policing. The seriousness with which our partners approached the task gives me confidence that we can further develop their role in matters such as this. It is only right that the community via its representative should help decide who should lead the delivery of local policing.’

Supt Carolyn KinradeChief Inspector Carolyn Kinrade is promoted to Superintendent and she will take responsibility for detective functions and for developing a cohesive approach to Island security. She will be assisted by Chief Inspector Dave Hughes, who will act as the Constabulary’s lead senior investigating officer, and by Chief Inspector John Mitchell, who will run the Financial Crime Unit. He already leads the department as an Inspector, but as a reflection of the importance of this unit, his post has been upgraded. Also working with Superintendent Kinrade will be Inspector Kevin Willson, responsible for drug trafficking; Inspector Phil Shimmin, previously a Sergeant in drug trafficking, who is promoted to run the Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit; Inspector Sid Caine, Major Crime, and Acting Inspector John Scarffe, who will be responsible for the Financial Crime Unit’s operations.

Chf Insp Peter YoungChief Inspector Peter Young will take responsibility for a new department, Operational Support Services, where he will be assisted by Inspectors Nigel Shimmin and Richard Power. The department will be responsible for a variety of issues, including professional standards and roads policing.

Several other promotions also take place: Detective Sergeant Andy Turner will become Inspector in Prosecutions; Detective Constable Brian Shimmin will be promoted to Sergeant in drug trafficking; Detective Constable Gary Cretney will become a Custody Sergeant; Constable Juan Clague will become Sergeant in the Northern Neighbourhood; and Constable Stuart Gardner will become a Sergeant in Douglas.

The series of moves is completed by some other adjustments at Sergeant rank: Sergeant Phil Drowley will move from Douglas to the South as Sergeant; Sergeant Andy Kneen will move to Douglas from Custody.

Chief Constable Mike Langdon said:

‘This is an exciting time for the Constabulary. The strong new line up of senior and middle-ranking officers means that I have around me a professional, talented team. They will lead the Constabulary forward as we continue to develop neighbourhood policing, whilst at the same time seeking to strengthen our approach to issues of national security.’

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