Lincolnshire Police’s acting Deputy Chief Constable has been appointed to the post on a permanent basis.
The force’s Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes, announced the appointment of Keith Smy on Christmas Eve.
“I am delighted that Keith has accepted the position and it means that I can now advertise for a permanent Assistant Chief Constable,” said Mr Rhodes.
Mr Rhodes’ appointment of Keith Smy follows his own recent confirmation as Chief Constable. “I wanted to move as quickly as possible to secure a stable chief officer team,” he said.
Keith Smy has been acting as Lincolnshire’s deputy chief constable since August. He started his police career in Staffordshire Police which he joined in 1984 and rose through the ranks in a variety of roles.
He is a graduate of the High Potential Development Scheme and, after selection for the Strategic Command Course in 2008, he moved to Lincolnshire as Assistant Chief Constable (Safer Neighbourhoods) in 2009.
Prior to his move to Lincolnshire, he had been Staffordshire’s Head of Protective Services Basic Command Unit (BCU) incorporating Crime and Operational Support Divisions for 18 months, a BCU Commander at Trent Valley BCU for 4 years and Head of the Forces Human Resource Department for three years.
When he was appointed to Assistant Chief Constable in Lincolnshire it was a return to the county because in his teens he lived in Billinghay and attended the Lafford School where he was head boy in his final year.
Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science with Mathematics from the Open University, post graduate qualifications in management and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
He has a particular interest in working with young people, tackling youth crime and victimisation and promoting and fostering the active participation of the community in volunteering in a variety of roles, not least the Special Constabulary. He has Regional ACPO responsibility for Volunteering.
Keith Smy said he was honoured and delighted to be offered the role of Deputy Chief Constable.
“I am honoured to serve Lincolnshire as the Deputy Chief Constable,” he said. “This is a great force, full of amazing people. Despite the funding challenges, politics and bureaucracy I’m looking forward to 2014 because I know that every day someone in the force will do something to make me feel proud to be part of this team.”