A NEW inspector has taken over the reins at the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT) - walking an already familiar beat.
Insp Geoff Carter replaced Insp Jackie Turton last week.
Insp Carter, who has worked within West Yorkshire Police for 22 years, has a background in neighbourhood policing, with his last role being at Castleford NPT.
Insp Carter, 46, said: “It is a great pleasure for me to return to policing in the south east.
“I was based here from 1997 to 2003 when I served as a police constable and acting sergeant on the patrol teams as they were known then.
“Policing in West Yorkshire has developed quite a lot since then and now has a focus on local policing and serving the needs of the community.
“I am taking over from Insp Turton, who leaves an excellent team and will definitely be a hard act to follow.
“Personally, I am looking forward to working with local people and our partners. Over the coming months I aim to meet as many people as possible.”
Insp Turton, who took charge of the NPT two years ago, said: “I have been lucky enough to work with a great team and some fantastic people in the community.
“Together with our partners we have made some significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour as well as having solved some local issues that were affecting people in the community.
“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all who have supported me and made my time here in the south east the best time of my service.
“It is a great pleasure to hand over to Insp Carter, who is a close colleague and has the experience in neighbourhood policing to bring with him.”
To speak to Insp Carter or to raise any local issues with the NPT, call 101.