A man who spent 30 years fighting crime in Warwickshire, rising through the ranks from Constable to Chief Superintendent, has been appointed the new Chief Executive to the office of Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
He said: “I’m delighted to announce that I’m appointing Neil Hewison as my new Chief Executive. After a thorough and rigorous selection process from a very strong field of applicants Neil demonstrated that he brings a great deal more to the role in addition to his very distinguished police career in Warwickshire police and more recently his role in the criminal justice system. My job is all about partnership working and Neil has a clear understanding of the importance of those relationships. Mark Gore has done an outstanding job as interim Chief Executive and will be helping Neil to bed in over the coming weeks.”
With a Police Officer father and nurse mother, Neil. Aged 56, has described himself as having public service in his blood.
The former Coventry schoolboy spent much of his 30 years with Warwickshire Police in the north of the county rising from the rank of Constable to Chief Superintendent.
Neil described his career: “In 2002 as a Chief Inspector I was appointed District Commander for North Warwickshire. During this time I formed close links with partners and worked hard to improve the Policing Service provided to the local community.
“In 2004 I was appointed District Commander for Nuneaton and Bedworth overseeing the move from the old police station into the new Justice Centre. Again, I worked hard with local partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
“As Superintendent I commanded resources across the whole force area and was heavily involved in the force restructuring programmes.
“As Detective Superintendent Specialist Investigations I led the force’s response to serious and organised crime and protecting vulnerable people such as child abuse, domestic abuse and the management of dangerous offenders.
“In 2010 I was appointed Chief Superintendent in charge of local policing for Warwickshire. With Colleagues I led the force change programme Operation Bletchtley and managed the day to day policing activity across the force area.
“During my service I became an accredited Public Order Commander, a Firearms Tactical Commander and a Hostage Negotiator.
“In the last two years of my service I commanded a number of high profile significant policing operations. The English Defence League protest in Nuneaton during 2010, the royal visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Leamington in 2011, and I commanded for three years the Bull Dog Bash event at Long Marston near Stratford. I am proud that all of these events were successfully policed and passed off safely.”
Neil retired from Warwickshire Police in 2012 after 30 years service and has been leading Criminal Justice for Warwickshire Police working with partners to provide a more responsive and transparent service for the public of Warwickshire.
He said: “I have spent my whole working life in public service and I see my appointment as Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer to the Police and Crime Commissioner as a natural extension of my public service career.
“I am very much looking forward to working and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner and his deputy in holding the Chief Constable to account for the Policing service provided to the public of Warwickshire. I believe that my extensive policing experience in Warwickshire will make me effective in my new role.”