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New district commander for Selby

mark iveson

5:53pm 5th April 2012

Chief Inspector Mark Iveson has taken up the role of Safer Neighbourhood Commander for the Selby district.

Chief Insp Iveson has served with North Yorkshire Police for 25 years in a number of different roles, including Response and Safer Neighbourhood Policing as well as more specialised roles within North Yorkshire Police including the Roads Policing Group, the Intelligence Unit and most recently work to support the future development of North Yorkshire Police.

In 2001, he was involved in the investigation into the Great Heck rail crash when he worked as one of the two Case Officers.  From his initial attendance at the scene on 28th February 2001, he undertook interviews with the driver of the offending vehicle, Gary Hart, subsequently working on compiling the prosecution file and seeing the case through to Hart’s successful conviction at Leeds Crown Court in December 2001.

Speaking about his appointment as District Commander, Chief Insp Iveson said: “I am very pleased to have taken over as Selby Safer Neighbourhood Commander from Acting Chief Inspector Richard Abbott who, building on the work of Chief Inspector Richard Anderson, guided the team to return excellent performance in terms of overall crime reduction.

“The Selby Safer Neighbourhood Command has a very dedicated and professional team that has a strong reputation for their delivery of service to both residents and visitors alike.

“I am looking forward to the future and the opportunity to lead the team of police officers, both regular and members of the Special Constabulary, Police Community Support Officers and police staff. I know that they will continue to keep the Selby district amongst the safest places to live and work in England.”    

Insp Richard Abbott, who has been the acting commander for the district since February, remains with the Selby Safer Neighbourhood Command, returning to his role as inspector of the Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed my temporary role as Commander for the Selby district. We’ve had another year of great success, driving down crime again and delivering a service of which we are rightfully proud.

“Chief Inspector Iveson arrives in a command with a successful track record and I'm sure he will continue the good work that has been done in the past years. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Image: Chief Inspector Mark Iveson

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