Veteran police officer Bill Janes was promoted Friday to be the new head of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Janes had been one of two deputy chiefs under Robert Johnston, who retired Friday.

Veteran police officer Bill Janes was promoted Friday to be the new head of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Janes had been one of two deputy chiefs under Robert Johnston, who retired Friday.

Premier Tom Marshall introduced Janes as chief during a news conference at Confederation Building.

"Bill is a long-serving member of the RNC having first joined the agency in 1985," said Marshall.

"The wide-range of knowledge and experience he has gained from working in different aspects of policing will be valuable assets as he leads the police service going forward."

"This appointment is a great honour and a great privilege," said Janes. 

He says areas such as domestic violence and intelligence will continue to be a focus for him. Janes is also looking forward to building the new corporate plan for the next three years.

He becomes the 21st chief of the force.

Janes joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in 1985 and has served in patrol, operational support and the Criminal Investigation Division. He has also served as Commander of the Tactics and Rescue Unit and the Public Order Unit. 

He has extensive management experience and has overseen supervisors across many RNC units.