New Chief Constable pledges to keep our communities safe

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West Yorkshire Police’s new Chief Constable Mark Gilmore pledged to focus on keeping the streets safe as he took up post, today.

Mr Gilmore who previously served West Yorkshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2010/11 said he was privileged and excited to be returning to lead the force.

He said: “The police service is going through massive change. But I want my officers and staff to remain focused on the task in hand - preventing and reducing crime and making a difference in our communities.

“This is a huge force with a huge reputation and I feel privileged and proud to have been appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“We have a shared vision and values and a committment ensuring people are safer and feel safer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson officially welcomed Mr Gilmore to the force, this morning.

Mr Mark Burns-Williamson said: “These are challenging times, not least because of the unfair Government cuts across our country and the massive financial savings the force has to find, but I am confident Mark will work in partnership and bring the best out of his workforce.”