West Yorkshire's new deputy appointed
John joined West Yorkshire Police in 1979 as a cadet and subsequently spent all of his service in West Yorkshire. He completed the UK Police Strategic Command Course in 2008 and was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in 2009, most recently as head of Corporate Services.
Following the events of the London bombings on 7/7 2005, he was appointed as the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in West Yorkshire alongside the Metropolitan Police, investigating those responsible for the bombings. Nationally, he has been a recognised lead in the area of Counter Terrorism.
DCC Parkinson is a Companion of the Institute of Management Specialists, has a Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management.
Chair of the Police Authority, Councillor Mark Burns-Williamson, congratulated John on his appointment, saying: “Despite tough competition from the other candidates we know John is very well placed to help lead the force with the Chief Constable and Command Team colleagues through this extremely challenging time as the new Deputy Chief Constable. On behalf of the Police Authority we look forward to working closely with him and I welcome him to his new role."
Commenting today, DCC Parkinson said "I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Deputy Chief Constable. I look forward to building on our excellent reputation and performance in delivering policing to the neighbourhoods and communities of West Yorkshire, which have seen us achieve record levels of public confidence. I am very proud to take up such a prestigious role after starting here over 30 years ago and working in every part of the force. I am excited to continue working with the Force and Police Authority to meet these very challenging times in policing."
West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison said "We had four outstanding candidates which is a tribute to the reputation of the Force. I am delighted for John Parkinson, who will ensure a continued focus on Neighbourhood Policing and on designing a service that continues to meet the needs of the community."