TRAFFORD is getting its own chief superintendent after a shake-up at the top of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Colette Rose was appointed to the role on Friday after a competitive process involving an interview with Chief Constable Stephen Watson and Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods.

Her appointment is one part of a move to improve leadership 'in order to better understand and address the challenges facing local communities across the region', according to GMP.

Deputy Chief Constable Woods said: "This has been without question the most ambitious senior recruitment process that has ever been seen in GMP, and I am pleased to be able to update the public on our progress.

"Since his arrival [in May], Chief Constable Watson has been very clear in his belief that local policing plays a crucial part in preventing crime and keeping the public safe, and I think that has been reflected in our determination to appoint a dedicated chief superintendent to each district.

"We are confident that strengthening local leadership in this way will significantly improve how we work with partners and provide more accountability, which will set us straight if we start to stray from our purpose."

Chief Superintendent Rose's entire 25-year career in policing has been with GMP.

She served in uniform roles in for most of this time, but also spent some time working with the Specialist Operations Branch, before taking up her most recent role as a district superintendent for Oldham two years ago.

She is a qualified public order gold commander, and has taken command of a multitude of high-profile events, including high-risk football fixtures, protests and concerts – such as One Love Manchester at Old Trafford.

Chief Superintendent Rose joins a team of ten chief superintendents, each of whom are in command of a borough.

In command of the chief superintendents themselves are Assistant Chief Constables Chris Sykes and Scott Green, the latter of whom is also a new appointment.

Other chief superintendents have been appointed in areas other than local policing.