The new inspector in charge of the Outer South area of Leeds has labelled management of offenders as a key part of his vision for policing in Morley.
Ian O’Brien has replaced Paul Sullivan as the neighbourhood inspector for the area, which covers Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood and Rothwell.
Insp Sullivan has stepped down after three-and-a-half years in the role to take up another job within West Yorkshire Police.
Insp O’Brien, who has spent seven years in neighbourhood policing in Leeds, said: “My previous areas of responsibility were very challenging, so to say that I’m really excited to come here is actually an understatement.
“It’s quite obvious that there’s a real community spirit in the whole Outer South area, and there has been some phenomenal police work done in Morley of late, which we will look to continue.
“My real priorities will be tackling crime, tackling anti-social behaviour, managing the offenders that are hurting the community and problem solving where there is demand.”
Successes for police in Morley this summer include tackling a spate of bike thefts around the town, and transforming an area of Gildersome into a crime-free zone.
Reported crime has fallen in Morley over the last year by around 1,500 offences, despite falling police numbers in the West Yorkshire force.