Three months in for top cop

DCC Gary Knighton
DCC Gary Knighton

Gary Knighton is coming up to completing his first three months as Lincolnshire’s deputy chief constable – and says he has been impressed by his colleagues’ passion for serving their communities .

“Lincolnshire is really good at managing and adapting to challenges within the resource constraints it has,” he said. “The force takes a positive approach and effective action in responding to crimes and incidents.

“Over the last three months I’ve met many positive leaders and staff who have a passion for policing and for serving their communities, which stands us in good stead.”

Deputy Chief Constable Knighton has had 27 years service in the police force, starting his career in 1989 as a police constable in Derbyshire.

He spent almost his entire career in the Derbyshire county as a uniformed officer, working across the county with various communities, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.

He has also worked as Divisional Commander for the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak area.

His main responsbilities included providing services and support to isolated communities and working to deal with any challenges concerning meeting demand in such a wide geographical area.

Previously a chief officer, he has been responsible for operational support duties, involved with criminal justice and specialist operations.

The large degree of experience that Deputy Chief Constable Knighton has accquired through his career is now being used in Lincolnshire.

He said: “I’m keen that we continue to build on the good work that I’ve seen by constantly seeking to improve what we do on behalf of victims and witnesses, by really being victim-focused and making sure they at the forefront of our thinking”.