A NEW chief inspector has been appointed in Kirklees to handle neighbourhood policing.
Phill Wright has taken up the role after moving from the homicide and major inquiry team, where he was detective inspector.
He takes the place of Chief Inspector Ian Gayles who has returned to Dewsbury to oversee the division’s operational support.
Chief Insp Wright will be based in Huddersfield and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
The 43-year-old said: “I have always had a passion for local policing, so much so that I even have a degree in policing and police studies.
“I am fully aware of what the role of chief inspector entails and the responsibilities which come with it.
“I know Kirklees well and fully understand that people expect a high level of service from their local neighbourhood policing team.
“I really want to provide people in Kirklees with a neighbourhood policing service that I would expect my own family to receive.
“Chief Inspector Ian Gayles has already helped to set a high standard and I believe we can continue to maintain this by embedding our local officers in the heart of your community.”
The father-of-two joined West Yorkshire Police in 1986 as a police constable and later became a detective constable.
In 1995 he was promoted to a sergeant in Batley and during his time there, got a good insight into policing at a local level and the pressures involved.
He became an inspector in 1999 and helped develop neighbourhood policing in Morley.
In 2004, he worked on a divisional robbery team and was later appointed a detective inspector.
Earlier this year, he moved to the homicide major inquiry team before taking on this latest role as chief inspector in Kirklees.
He added: “My aim is to increase public confidence in the work we do.
“I have visited the neighbourhood policing teams in the district and I know that all the officers are extremely dedicated to providing the public the best possible service.
“With the added support of our partners, I am confident that it can only keep on improving.”
Outgoing Chief Insp Ian Gayles returns to Dewsbury following the departure of Chief Inspector Ged McManus to the local policing department in Wakefield.
Chief Insp Gayles believes he can continue to make a difference in his latest role which includes taking over responsibility for the custody of prisoners and response teams, as well as other operations such as football matches.