Inspector David Shaw is the new officer on the beat in the Lower Valley.
Inspector Shaw has officially taken over from Inspector Mohammed Nawaz as the man in charge of the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team.
The father of two has been in the force for 16 years. He started as a police constable in Dewsbury for five years before transferring to Bradford as a child protection officer dealing with numerous sexual offences cases.
He was soon promoted in 2007 to a sergeant and moved to north east Leeds dvision. He also worked his way up to detective sergeant in Leeds until March 2011 when he returned to Bradford where he did six months as sergeant for response. He was promoted to inspector in March 2012.
Inspector Shaw who lives in Bradford moved to Halifax shortly after the response inspector. In November he was the man in charge of the local policing review which looked at how the division could be restructured with the spending review.
He said most of his experience has been as a front line police officer but he was looking forward to his time in the Lower Valley. “Having spoken to Inspector Nawaz it is quite clear that he has worked with the community and residents and I feel the same way.
“We are here to help the communities and residents so I am really looking forward to working with councillors and partners and local residents to continue the good work that Insp Nawaz and his team have done.
“I am looking forward to meeting everybody. I know I have big boots to fill but it is something I am looking forward to.
“In the meantime I will be going out with my community beat officers and PCSOs to meet people in the community and get out and about to get a feel for the area.”
The 38-year-old hopes that his experience in different fields and areas will help him to develop in the Lower Valley. “I have got lots of enthusiasm and I am bery proud to be a police officer, always have been.”
He said he would address the issues people had. “People want to see police officers on the streets and that is what is important, we keep our officers in Brighouse visible.
“The officers I have in Brighouse will be on the front line and PCSOs will be kept as they do a fantastic job.”
Inspector Shaw said his door was always open and people could call in at the station in Bradford Road.