A new police sergeant has started work in Catterick.
Sergeant Dave Anderson replaces Sgt Kevin Graham, who has retired from the force, as the officer in charge of the neighbourhood policing team on the garrison.
Sgt Anderson started in the job on October 1.
He studied law in Sheffield and joined South Yorkshire Police after graduating, before transferring to North Yorkshire in 2012.
After working in Scarborough and Whitby, he led the neighbourhood policing team in Stokesley and Great Ayton prior to taking on his new role in Richmondshire.
The officer said he was relishing his new job and had spent the last month getting to know the people and places in the town.
Sgt Anderson said he was looking forward to tackling some of the issue on the patch, and said one of his immediate priorities was getting the vacancy filled for a Catterick-based neighbourhood PC.
He also hopes to improve the team’s use of social media to communicate with the public.
He said: “I’m a proactive officer and people will see me out and about – I certainly don’t intend to be stuck behind a desk.”
The sergeant said his time as a PC in South Yorkshire and on the North Yorkshire coast meant he had experience of dealing with some of the issues in the Catterick area, and he hoped this experience would be of benefit in the role.
“I’m here, I’m not going anywhere and I want to meet any challenges head on,” he said.
Sgt Anderson said that while issues needing an immediate response should still be directed through the 999 and 101 services, members of the public were welcome to pass on information, or raise issues with him, by phone by calling 101 and using his extension number 30100.
Alternatively, you can email the officer at email@example.com