A NEW Chief Constable has been confirmed for Humberside Police.

Lee Freeman, who has been in temporary charge of the force since May 30, has now been confirmed as permanent Chief Constable.

The force’s previous boss Justine Curran retired in February, after being asked to consider her position by Humberside Police Commissioner Keith Hunter. The force received a critical report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, including fears about how the force deals with children and vulnerable people.

Mr Hunter said: “I firmly believe Lee offers real hope for the future and is the right person to lead the force as it faces the challenges ahead. Lee is a native of the Humber area and shares my ambition for both our communities and the police force that serves them.”

He added: “Humberside Police has faced significant scrutiny of its performance over recent years and the effects of that on both the public, officers and staff have been well publicised.

“Lee has shown an understanding of the issues and has the skills, experience, drive and attitude to lead the force on the journey it must make.”