A NEW police chief has been appointed for Northumberland.
Chief Superintendent Jo Farrell has taken on the role of Area Commander for the county.
She moves into her new position after working at Northumbria Police headquarters in Ponteland, where she led the team overseeing recent changes in the force.
Chief Supt Farrell began her policing career in Cambridgeshire in 1991, before joining Northumbria in 2002 as a Chief Inspector.
She worked her way up the ranks in a range of neighbourhood and operational roles, including Chief Inspector in Operations, Neighbourhood Chief Inspector in Sunderland, Superintendent in Operations and the same position for Newcastle Area Command.
However, she has never worked in Northumberland and is looking forward to getting to know the county.
“I’m delighted to be appointed Area Commander for Northumberland,” she said.
“It’s an area that I’ve never had the pleasure of working in during my career with Northumbria Police, but one that I can’t wait to explore and get to know.
“I’ve been told by my colleagues that it’s a great place to work and I am really looking forward to visiting all of the different places across the whole of the county, meeting my different teams of officers and speaking to local residents.”
The new boss says her priorities will be to continue to reduce crime and disorder, increase community confidence in policing and make sure the area remains one of the safest in the country.
“Supporting people in our communities remains a key issue. Making sure that vulnerable people and victims of crime receive the support and advice they need remains the number one priority for my staff,” she said.
“Our communities rightly expect an excellent policing service and it’s my job, and that of my staff, to make sure it is delivered.”
She added: “I want to reassure rural communities that they will remain a priority for police in Northumberland.
“Keeping our most isolated areas and people safe is more important than ever for us and we will continue to target and take action against those who prey on our rural communities.”