A POLICE officer who started his career pounding the beat in Stafford is now Staffordshire Police's new Assistant Chief Constable.
Bernie O’Reilly will be responsible for local policing across the county.
His policing career began in Staffordshire in 1989 where he was stationed as a PC on patrol in Stafford.
Since then, he has had a busy and varied career working in many different departments and taking on specialist roles, such as a dedicated senior investigation officer for major investigations, strategic firearms commander and head of the force’s Diversity Unit, working on development and training of officers and staff.
He was awarded the 2003 National Tackling Drug Supply Award following an investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2008 Mr O'Reilly became Operations Superintendent for the Stoke-on-Trent division, responsible for the delivery of performance and managing operations across Stoke-on-Trent. He also had the responsibility for the policing of two league football teams - Stoke City and Port Vale.
In October 2009, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and became the divisional commander for the north of the county.
Last year he passed the national Strategic Command Course, the prestigious senior leadership development programme in policing.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of ACC Bernie O’Reilly. He has an impressive operational background, with experience in specialist roles and has an excellent knowledge of the workings of the force.
“I am confident we have appointed someone who will add considerable further strength to the existing chief officer team and his appointment today reflects his dedication, professionalism and passion to serve the communities of Staffordshire.”
Mr O’Reilly said: "I am very proud to be part of the chief officer team at Staffordshire Police and to remain with the force I joined 25 years ago.
“I have worked in various demanding roles but I’m looking forward to the new challenges this role will bring.”