Former city cop Ian now on the Ponteland beat
A Northumbria Police officer has left urban life to work in a rural patch.
Sergeant Ian Pattison has joined the East Tynedale neighbourhood team – the patch includes Ponteland and Prudhoe.
He joined Northumbria Police back in 2009 as part of the Morpeth Response Team and his previous policing role was in Wallsend.
Sgt Pattison said: “Being part of a neighbourhood team is quite unique as you really get to engage with the public and find out what issues and concerns they have.
“Northumbria Police has a huge rural community to police and protect, and the crimes and issues that affect those communities can be very different from those that impact other areas within the force.
“I want to ensure residents feel valued and listened to, and that we continue to build on the strong relationships we have with partners and the local authority.
“By working together with residents and partners, we can continue to help tackle crime and issues in our communities.
“I’m impressed by the experience and the enthusiasm of the team I’m joining and I look forward to bringing that same dedication into our policing going forward and getting stuck in and meeting the public.”
He is familiar with the patch, having worked on burglary operations in the area during his police career.
These included covert operations to bring offenders before the courts, one of which included a prolific burglar who was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.