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New police chief pledges to recruit more officers

The Humberside Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the appointment of Lee Freeman as Chief Constable of Humberside Police following a hearing held last Thursday. Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter described himself as “delighted” after putting forward Mr Freeman as his preferred candidate and said:  “I firmly believe Lee offers real hope for the future and is the right person to lead the Force as it faces the challenges ahead.

He succeeds Justine Curran as chief constable and in his first interview said he planned to accelerate a recruitment plan he’d inherited, which will see just under 300 new officers recruited over the next 18 months, partly offsetting the 650 officers lost in the past decade. Mr Freeman said the force had experienced a 20 per cent increase in 999 calls in recent months. He said: “Our police officers and PCSOs are working really hard but they absolutely do need more resources to assist them.”