MEET the new cop in charge in Calderdale.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern has become divisional commander.
His posting comes as Government-imposed cuts put policing through some of their toughest times.
But the new chief says he still wants his bobbies and police workers to do the best they can.
“The priorities for my staff are very clear,” he said. “They should think how to reduce crime, catch criminals, deliver a service to be proud of and increase confidence in policing in everything they do. My job is to make sure we continue to do it right and to identify what can be done better.”
He says the cuts will be challenging but he hopes they will also provide opportunities to improve ways of working.
A former soldier and originally from Penzance in Cornwall, Chief Supt Hardern joined the force 23 years ago.
He was a sergeant in Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge and a chief inspector for community safety in Calderdale. For the last four years he has been divisional commander with the operations-support division, heading teams including the helicopter, firearms and specialist search squads.
He is married with two children, aged 24 and 19, and lives in Huddersfield.
Outside of work he enjoys running, going to the gym, surfing in the summer and skiing in the winter.
He replaces Chief Supt Alan Ford, who has become the force’s regional programme director.