New DCC has 'excellent commitment to developing' force

North Yorkshire Police has appointed a new deputy chief constable following a recruitment campaign with an “exceptionally high calibre of applicants”.  

Sep 26, 2018
By Joe Shine
Phil Cain will take up his new post at a date not yet confirmed

Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain, who has served at the force for 17 years, was selected following a “rigorous assessment process” involving the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Youth Commission, York CVC, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Unison, the Police Federation, the Black Police Association and the Superintendents’ Association. 

Chief Constable Lisa Winward said Mr Cain has already made a big impact on the chief officer team during his time as assistant chief constable and expects him to “hit the ground running” as deputy. 

She added: “We had an exceptionally high calibre of applicants apply to the deputy chief constable role, and it is testimony to Phil’s outstanding ability that he showed himself to be, without doubt, the right man for the job. 

“He is a highly experienced officer, with a thoughtful and collaborative style of working, who is very well respected both inside and outside the force.  

“I am looking forward to working closely with Phil on North Yorkshire Police’s Transform 2020 programme to enhance the service we provide to the public, improve efficiency across the force, and support our colleagues in the challenging job of keeping people safe.” 

North Yorkshire PCC Julia Mulligan said: “Phil Cain is an excellent appointment as deputy chief constable and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role. 

“He has an excellent commitment to developing North Yorkshire Police and is an outstanding public servant. I congratulate him on being successful in what I know has been a rigorous national selection process.” 

Mr Cain joined North Yorkshire Police in 2001 following 13 years in the RAF, serving in every uniformed rank up to assistant chief constable.  

He was commander for York and Selby between 2013 and 2016, before being appointed temporary assistant chief constable in February 2017.   

After graduating from the Strategic Command Course this year, Mr Cain was promoted to permanent assistant chief constable.  

Mr Cain said: “I grew up in North Yorkshire, and I have spent my policing career in North Yorkshire, so this area means a great deal to me. I am very proud to be able to serve the community and the force as deputy chief constable.” 

A date for when he will take up his new post has yet to be confirmed.

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