THREE new police inspectors have taken the helm in Northumberland.
Inspector Paul Truscott will lead the team serving the communities of Alnwick, Amble and Coquetdale.
Insp Truscott has 22 years’ police service having joined Northumbria Police in 1990.
He has previously worked as the Neighbourhood Inspector in Ashington and Prudhoe before working in a number of roles at force headquarters, which included a 14-month period as a staff officer to the Chief Officer Team.
He then returned to Northumberland Area Command as a 24/7 inspector before being given the role at Alnwick.
“I’m really excited at becoming the new Neighbourhood Inspector and I’m relishing the challenges ahead,” he said.
“Alnwick, Amble and Coquetdale are beautiful areas of the county and bring their own unique challenges in terms of policing.
“I want to build on the excellent work achieved by my predecessor Sue Peart and all of the staff, and continue to improve the good relationships with partners, councillors and local people that are already in place.
“We will work closely with them to continue to ensure the area remains one of the safest in the country.
“We will continue to target criminals and support victims and witnesses and drive down crime and disorder in the area.
“I want to reassure rural residents that their safety remains a priority and my team will be focusing on tackling rural crime and travelling criminals and being visible in the community.
“And I want to reassure people we’ll be listening to and responding to their concerns and I’d urge residents to get in contact and let us know what the issues are in the area.”
Insp Davey Garrick is the new man in charge in the Berwick sector, which covers Bamburgh, Seahouses, Belford, Wooler and the surrounding areas.
He has served with the force for 21 years, including roles in Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth and Bedlington.
He said: ““My priorities include ensuring the safety of our most vulnerable and rural communities, protecting tourism and tackling crime in the busier areas and ensuring that anyone who lives or chooses to visit the area remains safe.”
Further south, Inspector Dave Simpson is the new man in charge of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team, which includes Hadston and Widdrington.
He’s no stranger to the area as he has previously been neighbourhood sergeant and acting inspector for the sector.
“I’m very pleased to have been appointed inspector for the Morpeth area as it’s an area I know really well,” he said.
“I already have an excellent rapport with the neighbourhood team and with the local community.
“My aim over the coming years is to build even stronger links with local businesses and residents.”
He added: “I want to ensure my officers are always visible in the community so they can deal with problems at an early stage.”