Temporary Chief Constable appointed at Humberside Police who hopes to 'bring some stability' to the force

Judi Heaton has been appointed as Temporary Chief Constable of Humberside Police
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A temporary Chief Constable has been appointed at Humberside Police following the retirement of Paul Anderson last week to ensure the force "has the right leadership during a period which could be unsettling".

On Tuesday (June 25), the force announced Mr Anderson, who has been in policing for 34 years, was to retire from his role. He had been appointed as Chief Constable less than a year ago after joining Humberside Police as an assistant chief constable in 2019, and later became Deputy Chief Constable.

The following day, it was revealed Mr Anderson is being investigated for alleged misconduct.


Since the announcement, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jonathan Evison has "been focussed on ensuring the stability of the Force and securing interim leadership pending a full open recruitment process for the next Chief Constable".

The PCC has now appointed Judi Heaton QPM, who was retired, to the post of Temporary Chief Constable. The role has been offered for up to six months to allow for the recruitment of a new Chief Constable.

Speaking of the appointment, Mr Evison said: "I am delighted to welcome Judi Heaton back to Humberside Police in the role of Temporary Chief Constable. Her ambition for the area, passion for policing and public service provides me with much confidence that the Force has the right leadership during a period which could be unsettling. We want to ensure our communities continue to benefit from a high performing police force."

Judi Heaton QPM, Temporary Chief Constable, said: "I am honoured to have been invited by the PCC to fulfil this important interim role. I hope to bring some stability to Humberside Police and enable staff and officers to continue to provide the best policing services to the public."

Ms Heaton joined Humberside Police in 1991 as a Constable in Scunthorpe and went on to have many roles in the force, mainly as a detective, and was promoted to Inspector.

Former Humberside Police Chief Constable, Paul Anderson
Former Humberside Police Chief Constable, Paul Anderson -Credit:Rick Byrne / GrimsbyLive

She transferred to Cheshire Constabulary in 2001, mainly in detective roles as an Inspector and Chief Inspector. During this time she studied for and was awarded a Master of Science degree in Police Management and Leadership.

Ms Heaton transferred back to Humberside Police in 2006 and once again had a variety of detective roles as a Superintendent. She was the Divisional Commander of East Riding of Yorkshire initially, before being the Head Of Crime and then Head Of Professional Standards (conduct).

She was also the Chief Of Staff working with the then-Chief Constable Lee Freeman and chief officers on the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary inspection which took Humberside Police’s rating from poor to good.

During this time, she was also a Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander and assessor of such commanders. In 2020, Judi went on the strategic command course to become a chief officer and became the Assistant Chief Constable in Police Scotland with portfolios in Major Crime, Public Protection and Safeguarding, Forensics, Biometrics and Local Crime.

Ms Heaton also managed the National Police Chief’s Council portfolio called HOLMES which is the IT system for major investigations.

During her service she has overseen change projects, high profile, sensitive, and complex investigations as well as multi agency responses to critical and major incidents and was part of the command team policing COP26 hosted by Glasgow.

She is keen on inclusion and opportunity and has helped many underrepresented groups both locally and nationally and has been a speaker at several events.

Upon her retirement, Ms Heaton, who lives in the force area, was awarded the Queens Police Medal for services to policing. Prior to this appointment, Judi was involved with local charities.