Chief officers

Chief Constable David Whatton

Chief Constable David WhattonDavid Whatton became the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary on 1st December 2008. He holds the national portfolio for violent crime and public protection on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Prior to joining Cheshire Police, Mr Whatton was the Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

He joined GMP from the West Midlands Police on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable in December 2002 as Assistant Chief Constable Resources. In April 2003 he became ACC Crime Operations.

He joined the West Midlands Police in April 1983 and served in a variety of uniformed and detective posts, including as a Detective Inspector on the Regional and National Crime Squad. In 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent 'leap frogging' the rank of Chief Inspector.

He has an M.Sc in Public Sector Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology.

Mr Whatton is married and has three teenage children. In his spare time he enjoys walking, climbing and spending time with his family.

Deputy Chief Constable Helen King

DCC Helen KingHelen started her police career with the Cheshire Constabulary in 1986, working in uniform, CID, Personnel and Complaints and Discipline. She served in superintending ranks as the Divisional Commander of Halton, Head of Human Resources, and HMIC Lead Inspector for BCU inspections and as Head of Professional Standards.

In September 2005 Helen transferred to Merseyside Police as an Assistant Chief Constable. She led the establishment of a new Citizen Focus Portfolio, which has delivered improvements in satisfaction and confidence in Merseyside Police. She was also Force lead for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, as well as chairing most of the Force’s Police Misconduct Panels.

In March 2009 she took over the Force’s Operations portfolio, responsible for the Merseyside’s 6 policing Areas and with line management of over 4000 police officers and staff. She has been the Gold Commander for many events including the Grand National, Lib Dem Party Annual Conference 2010, Mathew Street Music Festival, CT Arrests, high-risk football matches and La Machine.

In April 2012 she returned to Cheshire Constabulary as the Deputy Chief Constable and is responsible for Force performance management, governance, standards and communication. She is proud to be working again with the Force she first joined in the area where she lives.

Helen has an MA from Oxford University, having studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Anne’s College. She also has an MA in Police Management from Manchester University. In 2003 she completed the Strategic Command Course and a Diploma in Applied Criminology at Cambridge University.

Between 2007 and 2012 she was national lead for ACPO for Cash in Transit and bulk cash attacks. Since 2012 she has been the national Policing Lead Horizon Scanning Portfolio for the Futures Business Area. She is a PNAC assessor and a Strategic Firearms Commander.

Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick

ACC Janette McCormickJanette joined Cheshire Constabulary on 2nd August 2010. She was previously a Chief Superintendent with Greater Manchester Police and has wide experience of operational policing and working with communities.

She joined Greater Manchester Police in 1989 having achieved a degree at Nottingham University, and started her police career in Salford and Manchester City Centre. Janette has been responsible for a number of changes including centralisation of communications, developing neighbourhood policing across Greater Manchester and establishing their road policing department.

During her time with Greater Manchester Police, Janette planned the policing of large scale events like the Commonwealth Games and Labour Party Conference, and was Commander at Manchester United, travelling home and abroad with the club.

Having policed areas of Manchester impacted by gangs and gun crime, Janette is a firm believer in the role of community advisory groups and individuals, and working with them to identify solutions and achieve them.

Assistant Chief Officer - David Rattigan

David RattiganDavid Rattigan became Assistant Chief Officer of Cheshire at the beginning of June 2012. Previous to this he had been the Interim Head of Shared Services, overseeing the introduction of Multi-Force Shared Services. David’s portfolio as ACO includes overseeing the work done on Business Improvement, Distribution and Logistics, Estates Management, Finance and Procurement, Fleet Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, the Multi Force Shared Service, and Planning and Performance.

His work as Interim Head of Shared Services, which started in October 2011, was his first experience of working in the public sector. David said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Assistant Chief Officer, particularly at such a key time for the Constabulary. “I am really looking forward to the challenge and working with everybody over the coming years.”