Asian PC who rose to the top

Father and son on the beat
Father and son on the beat

Deputy Chief Constable Jawaid Akhtar who took up his first divisional command in Halifax has retired.

He started working in Calderdale in 1998 having served in a series of ranks and left the area for the West Yorkshire Police headquarters.

DCC Akhtar was born in Pakistan and arrived in the UK aged 10, in 1967.

His family settled in Huddersfield where he still lives.

He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering and joined the force in 1982.

DCC Akhtar completed the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill, in 2003 and the Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge before taking up an appointment as Divisional Commander at Bradford South.

In 2004, he was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable and has held several portfolios and most recently was the ACC Specialist Crime with responsibility for Counter Terrorism, The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), Serious and Organised Crime, Major Crime & Reviews, Safeguarding and Force Intelligence.

DCC Akhtar said he was proud to have served for almost 32 years.

“The challenges and the way we police have changed vastly in that period,” he said.

Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: “He has been a cornerstone of this organisation and gave me, as Chief Constable, invaluable support after I took up post in early 2013.”