Former Police Officer returns to Cheshire as new Assistant Chief Constable Date published: 17th January 2017 8.54am

Cheshire Constabulary’s new Assistant Chief Constable is settling in well after completing his first full week in the post.

ACC Darren Martland returned to Cheshire this week (January 9) having served as Assistant Chief Constable with Cumbria Constabulary for the past 18 months.

He previously worked in Cheshire from 1999 until 2006 when he worked in a number of areas, mainly in uniform operational roles in Halton and Macclesfield.

ACC Martland started his policing career in 1990, having graduated from Sheffield University. The initial part of his career was spent in the Knowsley area where he completed a number of uniform and CID postings.

Following his spell in Cheshire, he returned to Merseyside Police in 2006, on promotion to the rank of Superintendent and was posted to Wirral.

ACC Martland said: “I am delighted to return to Cheshire Constabulary, which has a first class reputation both regionally and nationally.

“I am looking forward to working with our staff, partners and communities and intend to make every effort to be as visible as possible in order to understand the challenges that are faced in delivering the best possible policing service for the people of Cheshire."

“I have worked in numerous roles within policing and have always thoroughly enjoyed.

“I have done some regional and national work in my former posts and Cheshire has a great reputation. It is a professional force with a real sense of community and a desire to serve the public.

“When this post came up it was too good an opportunity to miss and I’m now looking forward to getting out and about and seeing the real challenges our officers face.

“Coming back to Cheshire is a nice feeling. It’s great to see the progress some staff have made and also meet lots of new people. I’ve received a very warm welcome from everyone.

“My first week has been busy and I’m delighted to be here and to be part of a great team.”

Chief Constable Simon Byrne added: "I am delighted to welcome Darren back to Cheshire. He has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience since he was last here and I have no doubt he will prove to an invaluable asset as we move forward to delivering a police force fit for the future."

 Darren Martland Biography

ACC Martland joined Merseyside Police in 1990 having graduated from Sheffield University.

The initial part of his career was spent in the Knowlsey Area where he completed a number of uniform and CID postings before transferring, on promotion, to the rank of Sergeant to Cheshire Constabulary in 1999.

Whilst at Cheshire he worked in a number of areas, in mainly uniform operational roles, and was part of a project team that implemented a re-structure in 2004.

In 2006 he returned to Merseyside Police, on promotion, to the rank of Superintendent and was posted to Wirral. In attaining Chief Superintendent rank in March 2009 he was posted to Knowsley BCU as the Area Commander and dealt with a number of operational incidents and qualified as Public Order and Firearms Commander.

He has a Master's Degree in Criminology and Police Leadership and successfully completed the Strategic Command Course in 2013. He has performed the role of Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) in a number of portfolios and has been the lead on the Chief Constable’s 'Just' campaign.

In April 2104 he undertook the Assistant Chief Constable role, on a temporary basis, with responsibility for Human Resources. In September 2014 he remained as temporary Assistant Chief Constable with the responsibility for Collaboration and conducted a review of TITAN.

In June 2015 he began his role of Assistant Chief Constable at Cumbria Constabulary before returning to Cheshire as Assistant Chief Constable in January 2017.

He is married with a young daughter and enjoys cycling and running.