Chief Constable Andy Cooke has appointed a new Deputy Chief Constable for Merseyside Police.
Current Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy will take up the new role in November, replacing Carl Foulkes who is leaving to become Chief Constable of North Wales Police.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM, said: "I would like to congratulate Serena on her appointment as Deputy Chief Constable.
“Serena came to Merseyside 15 months ago with a wealth of policing experience. In her time here she has proved to be a valuable member of the Chief Officer team and is highly respected by her colleagues and staff.
“She is acutely aware of the challenges facing Merseyside Police and I know that she will continue her exceptional work with our communities, staff and partners.”
Serena joined Merseyside Police in April 2017 taking up the portfolio for Intelligence and Investigation.
Prior to coming to Merseyside she worked at Cheshire Constabulary where she was Head of Public Protection and strategic lead for Early Help. Over that period Serena was Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Force Operations, head of Public Protection and Strategic Lead for Early Help.
Before that Serena worked at Greater Manchester Police, where she joined in 1993 as a Police Constable, working in local policing and partnerships up to the rank of Inspector. In 2008 she was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector within the Major Incident Team. In 2010 Serena was promoted to Superintendent in charge of partnerships and local policing in Moss Side and Longsight. In 2012, Serena returned to the Serious Crime Division as a Detective Superintendent until she transferred on promotion to Cheshire.
Serena is married with a 31-year-old step-son and two daughters, aged 17 and 16.
She said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Deputy Chief Constable.
“I did not grow up in Liverpool but I did my growing up in Liverpool and I know what a fantastic place Merseyside is to live and work.
“I am aware that this is a challenging time for policing but I know that we have great police officers and staff who are massively proud of this organisation and who will do everything they can to meet the challenges facing us as we go forward.
“I also want to take this opportunity to foster relationships, both internally and externally, and I look forward to working with staff, communities and partners to continue to deliver the exceptional level of service Merseyside deserves.”
Following the appointment, Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Emily Spurrell said: “I congratulate Serena Kennedy on her appointment as Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.
“Serena has been a very effective and dedicated Assistant Chief Constable since joining the Force in 2017. She has proven she has the skills, experience and leadership to take over as Deputy and I wish her all the very best in her new role, continuing to serve the public of Merseyside.”