THE new leader of a neighbourhood police team is hoping to build on the legacy left by its outgoing inspector.
Inspector David Toor’s 18 successful months managing officers in the south of Hartlepool is coming to an end as he moves on to work with the town’s response unit.
One of his biggest achievements is the recently opened new Jutland Road police office that sees a host of agencies working with the police under one roof.
He will be replaced in covering the Owton, Rossmere, Fens, Seaton Carew and Greatham areas of the town on Monday, May 9, by Inspector Lee Rukin, who has paid credit to Insp Toor’s “great work”.
Insp Toor said: “It has been great working here, it’s an excellent working environment.
“What has made it that way is the good relationship we have had with partner agencies and the local community at Jutland Road.
“One of the best things about policing is there’s a variety of roles.
“But the aim is the same, whether it is response or in neighbourhoods.
“There are testing times ahead with resources and finances, but they are challenges we are taking on.”
Insp Rukin was based at Hartlepool Police’s headquarters in Avenue Road where he played a large part in two recent high-profile campaigns.
Respect Hartlepool was launched last year to target the minority of people who give the town a bad name and Operation Shadow saw the most prolific criminals followed by officers day and night.
Last year saw crime fall by six per cent compared to the year before.
Insp Rukin said: “It is a credit to Insp Toor what he has managed to achieve in just 18 months in this area of the town.
“My intention is to build on this great work despite the difficult times ahead.
“I will bring a wealth of experience from crime and response, and most recently the introduction of the Respect and Shadow operations.
“They have now been integrated into neighbourhood policing and I look forward to carrying them on.”