New police chiefs are a force to be reckoned with

TWO new police chiefs have joined Northumberland’s crime-fighting force.

Chief Inspectors Mick Paterson and Aidan Sloan joined the Northumberland Area Command last month.

Chief Insp Paterson will oversee operations in Blyth, Cramlington and West and East Tynedale, including Ponteland.

He joined the Northumbria force in 1991 and spent much of his career in CID, working in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

He also worked in the counter-corruption and professional standards teams, as well as in homicide and major investigations, specialising in counter-terrorism and organised robbery investigations.

Most recently he has been helping the force to manage challenging financial constraints.

He said: “Although some time has passed since I last worked in Northumberland, I have continued to investigate serious crime in the area, including a number of high profile homicides over the years.

“Northumberland is a great place to live and work and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to return.”

He added: “I am interested to hear from residents about their concerns and I’d urge them to contact their local neighbourhood policing teams about any issues to do with crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour.”

Chief Insp Sloan will be responsible for the neighbourhood policing teams in Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick, Bedlington and Ashington.

He has been with the force since 1992 and has worked in CID in Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland.

He takes up his new role after working in the operations command unit, where he led the planning team and was responsible for organising police operations for major events, such as Royal visits.

He said: “I am delighted to be working with a great team of dedicated and professional police officers and staff who work very hard and successfully to ensure Northumberland remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

“I’m looking forward to working with our communities across the county and to continue to drive down crime and disorder.

“My aim is to continue the hard work that has been ongoing in the area and to try to meet the high levels of service expected from Northumbria Police.”