DEWSBURY has a new police commander.
Supt Barry South has returned to his roots to become the new chief for the Dewsbury division, which also takes in areas such as Mirfield, Ravensthorpe, Gomersal and Liversedge.
The 42-year-old replaces Supt John Cocliff, who has taken up a training position in Wakefield.
Birstall-born Supt South began his career 18 years ago as a constable on patrol in Dewsbury and Mirfield before joining CID.
He was then promoted to sergeant at Pudsey before spending some time in the Operations Support Unit, based in Wakefield.
Supt South then became a patrol inspector, working for a time at both Wakefield and Huddersfield before transferring to Management Support at headquarters in Wakefield.
In 1998 he was promoted to the rank of chief inspector, working in Criminal Justice Support.
While there he headed a £3.5m project to look at ways to refine the criminal justice system in West Yorkshire.
Supt South moved to Leeds city centre in 2000 to become a detective chief inspector.
He was subsequently promoted to Superintendent Operations there in 2002 before transferring to headquarters management support to lead the implementation of a best value review.
After this, he was temporarily seconded to work for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
said: "As a local boy it is fantastic to return to the place where I first started my policing career.
"I hope to maximise the opportunity given to me and complement the good work already achieved by Superintendent Cocliff."
Supt South was born in Birstall and attended St Patrick's Junior and Infant School before moving on to a grammar school in Bradford.
He is married with three young children and attended Bradford University where he gained a degree in organisational studies before studying for an MBA at Leeds Business School.