Wiganer Ian earns top cop role

Deputy chief constable Ian Pilling
Deputy chief constable Ian Pilling

WIGAN born Ian Pilling has been unveiled as Greater Manchester Police’s new deputy chief constable.

He moves up from his previous role as assistant chief constable within Merseyside Police following the appointment of previous deputy Ian Hopkins as GMP’s chief constable.

I am delighted to have the opportunity but I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead

Deputy chief constable Ian Pilling

Deputy chief constable Pilling said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity but I don’t underestimate the challenges ahead. I know we can find a way forward if the police, partners and public pull together.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I am delighted to be able to appoint Ian Pilling. He has extensive operational policing experience in three police forces. Ian will be a strong addition to my team and will help me lead GMP through the very challenging times we face.”

Ian was born and raised in Wigan before starting his policing career in Blackpool and is also the national policing lead for vulnerable adults.

The interview process for the new role included a final interview chaired by chief constable Hopkins with the police and crime commissioner (PCC) Tony Lloyd, Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall and Dr Ruth Bromley a member of the Independent Ethics Committee.

Tony Lloyd, GM interim mayor and PCC, said: “Ian Pilling was chosen from a strong field of candidates. Both Ian’s background and experience will be a huge asset to GMP and the people of Greater Manchester. I look forward to working with him as we build stronger, safer communities across the conurbation.”