THE qualities of an FBI-trained law enforcer who looks set to take the reins of North Yorkshire Police have been outlined ahead of a police watchdog hearing.

Documents show how Lisa Winward became North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan’s preferred candidate to become chief constable after facing an hour-long grilling led by BBC Yorkshire news anchor Harry Gration.

In papers to be presented to the county’s police and crime panel, the commissioner said Ms Winward had demonstrated both her experience and ability to respond to unseen questions from a variety of people.

Mrs Mulligan said Ms Winward also had a detailed understanding of what was needed to tackle the most serious crime, having graduated from the FBI’s international leadership course and had innovative and personable qualities.

Candidates also faced interviews and were tasked with preparing a video log over an afternoon and evening.

Ms Winward, who is the force’s acting chief constable, had to attend an audit committee directly after receiving the video log task, to sign off the force’s accounts, but still managed to score the highest possible mark.

Independent assessors said they did not “identify any concerns that she felt disadvantaged by having less time to prepare than the external candidate”.

In a report to panel members, who will review Ms Winward’s appointment next week, Ms Mulligan said Ms Winward had “a highly laudable history within North Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police, bringing impressive experience of identifying, developing and implementing change in policing”.

Chairman of the police and crime panel, Councillor Carl Les said while no alternative candidate had been suggested, Ms Winward was “a highly competent officer who knows North Yorkshire very well and the problems we face.”