THE first new post has been created for the forthcoming Kirklees police division.
Huddersfield and Dewsbury are set to amalgamate on April 1 and a senior officer has joined Dewsbury to ease the merger.
Chief Insp Ramzan Moha- yuddin, 42, will have overall responsibility for performance across Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
The overall head of the new division will be announced later.
Chief Insp Mohayuddin said: "This is, in effect, a new post.
"It is to ensure there is no loss of momentum in driving down crime.
"I am taking this on at a challenging time. The new job offers a real opportunity to me.
"It is an ideal time to be here and be part of all the positive changes the creation of a single division will bring."
He added: "Kirklees is one of the safest places to live in West Yorkshire - but there is always room for improvement.
"I intend to make sure we keep on performing well and build on the good work that has been carried out already."
Chief Insp Mohayuddin has just returned from the Police Standards Unit in London, where he worked for two years for the Home Office.
The unit was set up to raise performance in the police service.
Before going to London, Chief Insp Mohayuddin spent his first 10 years in the police - from 1989 to 1999 - in Leeds.
His roles included community work, the CID, drugs squad and patrol sergeant.
In 1999 he moved to headquarters in Wakefield in a management support role, bringing in best value reviews across the force.
He was then promoted to inspector and moved to Calderdale, where he was a patrol inspector for two years before going to London.
While in London he was promoted to chief inspector.
Chief Insp Mohayuddin lives in Kirklees with his wife and three children.