New officers for Morpeth policing team

Residents in Morpeth will be seeing some new faces as the Neighbourhood Policing Team welcomes new officers.

Inspector Dave Morrison joins a team of Neighbourhood Beat Managers and Police Community Support Officers covering the Morpeth area.

However, he’s no stranger to Northumberland having previously carried out the role of Neighbourhood Sergeant for the Bedlington area.

Insp Morrison will use his past experience in forging links with members of the community in his new role. He will also work alongside local businesses, residents groups and partner organisations to address any concerns raised by the public.

Insp Morrison said: “I’m looking forward to the new challenge of being a Neighbourhood Inspector for Morpeth and working closely with partner agencies and the community to provide an effective solution to local problems.

“Neighbourhood Policing enables us to spend more time in the community finding out what concerns residents have and dealing with these in an appropriate way.

“Officers are able to build trust and confidence within the community and it’s this trust and confidence which encourages residents to come forward with any concerns they have, as well as providing us with information about specific incidents.

“I will be ensuring our links with partner agencies, youth groups and the community are stronger than ever so that we can continue to keep Morpeth a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Two new Police Community Support Officers have also joined the team. PCSO Simon Beavers will support PC Paul Dent covering the Creswell, Widdrington, Hadston and Acklington areas.

PCSO Susan McCallum joins PC Andrea Teasdale to police the rural villages of Scots Gap, Cambo, Mitford and Longhorsley.

Insp Morrison added: “The PCSOs are a welcome addition to the team and I’d encourage residents to stop and chat to them when out on patrol and raise any issues they have in their neighbourhood.”

People can also contact the team by calling 101, extension 69191 or via the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk

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