Paul Harris appointed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Members of the Panel had the opportunity to question and scrutinise Paul Harris' proposed full time appointment during the meeting which was held at Ty Penallta, Ystrad Mynach.

Paul discussed his background as a senior law enforcement/Intelligence professional and detailed his previous extensive experience of serious and organised crime investigation at UK and international level.

Paul was a police officer in Gwent from 1976- 1998 and left the Force at detective chief inspector level. He has worked with the National criminal intelligence service and the serious organised crime agency on secondment in the Hague, Netherlands.

Prior to taking up this post Paul had worked for the foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) and had also undertaken consultancy work in the sector.

Following the meeting Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston commented: "I welcome the Police and Crime Panel's positive comments and their decision to ratify my decision to appoint Paul Harris as my Deputy.

"Paul brings with him a wealth of experience and understanding of the role, as well as an excellent track record of getting the job done.

"These things will be vital as we move forward and ensure that the public of Gwent is served by the best possible Police service.

"I'm very much looking forward to working with Paul. "

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Paul Harris added: "I'm delighted to have been appointed to the post. This is a new and very challenging role with a real opportunity to make a difference for the people of Gwent.

"During his campaign Ian pledged that he would help ensure that Gwent is served by an excellent Police service which provides value for money and stands up for victims and vulnerable people.

"I look forward to working with him to deliver exactly that."