Meet new police chief

New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT
New Inspector Geoff Carter at South Kirkby NPT

Pontefract and Knottingley will get a new police chief as part of a shake-up of the police force across the county.

Insp Geoff Carter, currently in charge of the South East neighbourhood policing team (NPT), will also be in charge of Pontefract and Knottingley NPT, replacing Insp Richard Sullivan, who will move to a new role at the new divisional headquarters in Normanton.

Insp Sullivan will help inspectors across the force to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across the area.

Insp Carter, who grew up in Pontefract, said he was proud to be in charge of the area.

He said: “It’s almost like a dream come true for me to work towards the end of my policing career close to my home.

“I’m also really pleased to do both because I didn’t want to lose my links with the South East.”

As part of the restructure, Insp Carter said there would be more officers on the beat and that he will be in charge of neighbourhood officers and neighbourhood patrol officers.

These two types of officers will work together with PCSOs to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Insp Carter added: “I am passionate about the impact that community policing has across communities with massive reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour, which I aim to build upon with partners and local communities.

“I aim to build upon this continuing to work closely with partners and also to work with the communities of Pontefract and the South East to make your area a better and safer place to live in.”