A TOP COP who helped lead the investigation into the 7/7 terrorist attacks is West Yorkshire Police’s new deputy chief constable.
John Parkinson, who started out as a cadet with the force in 1979, took over from Colin Crompton on Monday. He stepped up from his role as assistant chief constable after DCC Crompton left for the top job at South Yorkshire Police.
DCC Parkinson was the senior investigating officer who dealt with the West Yorkshire aftermath of the 2005 suicide bomb attacks on London.
He also gave evidence last year at the inquests into those who died. He said of his new post: “I’m very proud to take up such a prestigious role after starting here more than 30 years ago. I’m excited to continue working with the force and Police Authority to meet these very challenging times in policing."
DCC Parkinson, a nationallyknown counterterrorism expert, is studying for a master’s degree in applied criminology and police management.
He already holds a diploma in criminology from Cambridge University and is a Companion of the Institute of Management Specialists.
West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison said: “We had four outstanding candidates, which is a tribute to the reputation of the force.
“I’m delighted for John. He will ensure a continued focus on neighbourhood policing and on designing a service that meet the needs of the community.”