Tameside’s most senior police officer starts in the role today

Tameside’s new Chief Superintendent officially began work in the role today.

Chief Superintendents Neil Evans, who is also responsible for Oldham and Rochdale, has been in policing for nearly thirty years. He started his career with West Midlands Police in 1989, working in Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

He joined Greater Manchester Police in 2010 and has since worked on some of the area’s most serious incidents. Chief Superintendent Evans was Ground Commander for the Shaw gas explosion in 2012, in which a little boy lost his life, and he also led the major safeguarding operation following the murder of four people in Tameside in 2012, including GMP colleagues PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

He now holds responsibility for the policing team in the borough, overseeing a number of divisions within close geographical proximity to ensure the policing service provided is as efficient as possible.

Evans takes over the role from Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball, who retired from the role last month after thirty years at GMP. He is one of three new Chief Superintendents starting their new roles across Greater Manchester today.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “All of the colleagues taking up posts today are very experienced Police Leaders who are committed to working with their local policing teams, local people, partner agencies and the voluntary sector to ensure we can continue to deliver really effective policing to the people of Greater Manchester.

“They will all bring energy and commitment to ensuring GMP tackles the issues that cause the biggest threat and harm to our communities, therefore helping to keep people safe.”