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GMP Announces New Wigan Divisional Commander
Thursday 12th May, 2005

GMP Announces New Wigan Divisional Commander
Lee Bruckshaw

Twenty years after first becoming a police officer, Lee Bruckshaw has been appointed the new Divisional Commander of GMP's Wigan Division.

Chief Superintendent Bruckshaw, 45, has taken over from Ian Harrison who has retired from the police force and taken charge of Wigan Council's Community Safety Team.

In 2003, the Wigan Division put policing back into the heart of its communities by restructuring into five township policing teams, each headed by a dedicated township inspector. Chief Superintendent Bruckshaw has been appointed to build on the good work carried out since the restructure in further reducing levels of crime, taking the fight against crime to the criminal and making Wigan's communities even safer.

GMP's Assistant Chief Constable Vincent Sweeney, responsible for personnel said: "The role of Divisional Commander is increasingly one of the most challenging roles in the police service and requires leaders of exceptional ability. Lee has a proven track record and is the ideal person to take on the challenges of commanding the Wigan Division."

Prior to his new appointment, Chief Superintendent Bruckshaw worked at GMP's Bolton Division as Superintendent of Operations. He has also previously served on the South Manchester, Salford, Rochdale and Wigan divisions and has worked in the Force's Community Affairs department and at Bruche, the police national training centre.

Chief Superintendent Lee Bruckshaw said: "I am delighted to be joining the Wigan Division and am really looking forward to working with the council, victim support, the courts, probation and other agencies to further reduce crime. Ian Harrison did an excellent job here and I will be inheriting a good, solid structure from which to work and build on with the local community to address the issues that matter to them most."

Lee is married with four children and lives in Penketh, near Warrington.

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