Winton Keenen is the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.
Chief Constable Keenen's policing career began with Northumbria in 1985 when he was posted to Sunderland North as a frontline Police Constable. Since then, he has had an extremely varied operational background which has seen postings to many different departments across the force area as well as abroad. Such postings include Professional Standards Department, Serious and Organised Crime Unit, Force Intelligence and Special Branch.
In 2003/4, he was posted to Iraq as the first Contingent Commander for the deployment of United Kingdom non-military police officers, acting as mentors to members of the Iraq Police Service. While there he was appointed as the lead officer for a large, multi-national contingent of military and civilian personnel, responsible for setting-up a police training academy and advising local senior police officers.
Much of Winton’s career has been spent in the sphere of specialist, criminal investigation, often in the more covert aspects of policing. During his career he has taken on a variety of specialist roles including those of dedicated Senior Investigating Officer for homicide and Kidnap and Extortion, Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Co-ordinator, as well as Tactical and Strategic Firearms Commander. Prior to becoming a chief officer he was the Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Northumbria’s Crime Department.
Since being appointed as a chief officer in 2014, Winton has held a wide and varied portfolio of responsibilities at the most senior strategic levels for the sixth largest force in the country. Such responsibilities have included leadership of Crime Department, Professional Standards Department, Firearms Support Unit, Motor Patrols and Dog Section, Criminal Justice, Custody, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications and Legal Department.
Winton is Proud to lead Northumbria Police as Chief Constable.