Locals come first, says new chief

New Calderdale district police superintendent Martin Lister
New Calderdale district police superintendent Martin Lister

A FAMILIAR face has taken the reins to become Calderdale police’s new Superintendent.

Martin Lister, pictured, has been promoted from his former role as Chief Inspector in the division.

He replaces Superintendent Stan Bates, who is currently in Afghanistan supporting the international policing mission there.

Supt Lister said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to continue working in Calderdale.

“The low crime rates speak for themselves – Calderdale is one of the safest areas to live in West Yorkshire.

Supt Lister joined the force 25 years ago, starting work in the Dewsbury area.

Since then he has clocked up experience working in nine different divisions and departments across West Yorkshire, as well as two years in South Yorkshire Police.

He returned to West Yorkshire in 2008 and was based at the force’s headquarters in Wakefield before coming to Calderdale in 2009.

Supt Lister said: “We are making a positive impact within the community and I will continue to put local people at the forefront of everything I do. By that I mean listening and working with them to address their concerns.

“We have tremendously effective partnerships within Calderdale and I am delighted that I can continue working with those involved to improve the lives of those who live and work in the area.”