Russ Foster, currently an Assistant Chief Constable with Northamptonshire Police, is to join the West Yorkshire Police Chief Officer Team.
ACC Foster currently has responsibility for Specialist Crime and Territorial Policing and has previously held portfolios for Criminal Justice and Professional Standards.
He began his career in Nottinghamshire Police and has previously served in Derbyshire Constabulary, as a Chief Superintendent, where he led Corporate Services, Community Safety and a force wide Business Change Programme to meet the budget deficit brought about by the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Throughout his career, he has gained significant experience as an investigator having served in every rank from Detective Constable to Detective Superintendent. In Derbyshire he took the lead on Serious and Organised Crime and during his time in Nottinghamshire Police, took the lead on a number of homicide enquiries.
Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I and my Chief Officer colleagues are delighted to welcome Russ to the team. He joins us at a time of significant change and challenge, bringing with him skills and experience that will help carry the organisation forward.”
ACC Foster said: “I am delighted to be joining West Yorkshire Police and I don’t for one minute underestimate the challenge ahead in terms of bridging the budget deficit and striving towards delivering a world- class policing service to the people of West Yorkshire.
“The diverse and complex policing issues within the varied communities of West Yorkshire make it a unique policing challenge for me professionally and I am looking forward to working with and in those communities.
“I hope that I can bring my experience and passion for policing to bear in West Yorkshire Police and complement the chief officer team in delivering the aspirations of the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner in making the communities we serve safer and for them to feel safer”.
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said: “ACC Foster brings with him invaluable experience that will help the Force move forward in the face of significant challenges.
“The breadth of knowledge he has developed in many areas of policing will undoubtedly benefit the Force and our local communities.”
ACC Foster will take up post in the next few months.