A NEW man is at the helm of Morpeth policing, but he is no stranger to the town.
Dave Simpson has been appointed Inspector to take charge of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team.
And the officer is fully prepared for what may lie in store as he has previously served the area as both Neighbourhood Sergeant and Acting Inspector.
Insp Simpson said: “I’m very pleased to have been appointed Inspector for the Morpeth area as it’s an area I know really well.
“I already have an excellent rapport with the neighbourhood team and with the local community.
“We have a good relationship with Northumberland County Council, as well as other partners and members of the community, and my priority in the months ahead is to continue to reduce crime and disorder across the sector.”
The police chief brings 13 years’ experience with the Northumbria Force to the role, having started his career in Gateshead as a 24/7 response officer, before joining CID.
He was then promoted to Sergeant and first came to the Northumberland area to work as a Custody Sergeant in Bedlington, later moving to Ashington as a Shift Sergeant.
He joined the Morpeth team in 2009 and was Neighbourhood Sergeant for two years. He has been Acting Inspector for nine months.
Insp Simpson said: “My aim over the coming years is to build even stronger links with local businesses and residents.
“I want to ensure my officers are always visible in the community so they can deal with problems at an early stage. We will support victims and witnesses and will continue to target those committing offences and causing disorder.
“I want to ensure that Morpeth and the surrounding villages continue to be great places to live, work and visit.”