PCC appoints Deputy

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Dwyer has appointed David McNeilage as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC John Dwyer with DPCC David McNeilage outside force headquarters in Winsford.

Mr McNeilage, who was John’s Campaign Manager during his election campaign, will support the Commissioner in his role to hold the Chief Constable to account and to be the voice of Cheshire residents on all issues relating to policing and crime.

He will deputise for the Commissioner in his duties – in particular, attending community engagements and public meetings when the Commissioner is unavailable.

David went before the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel on Friday (11 June) for a confirmation hearing where it recommended the appointment with unanimous support.

The Panel is made up of independent members and a cross-party representation of local councillors who support the PCC in his function of holding the police to account and also provide a role in scrutinising the PCC’s decisions.

The Panel is required to hold a confirmation hearing within three weeks of being notified of the Commissioner’s preferred candidate.

PCC John Dwyer said: “I’m really pleased to appoint David to this role and I would like to thank the Police and Crime Panel for their support in making the appointment.

“David worked very closely with me during my election campaign and has a sound knowledge of the diverse communities across Cheshire and also its diverse geographic, social and economic nature.

“He has knowledge and an understanding of the operation of the police service and the criminal justice system. Furthermore, his knowledge of the process of government is highlighted by his time working in Parliament for a local MP.

“In addition, I am satisfied that he has all the other skill sets which are needed to carry out this role and that he will be a fantastic addition to the team.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner McNeilage will join the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on Monday 21 June.

He said: “I am delighted to be appointed into the role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and I’m looking forward to working alongside such a capable and experienced Commissioner.

“Both John and I share the ambition to make Cheshire Constabulary an outstanding force and I can’t wait to get started in the role.”