Neighbourhood policing in Holbeck Division has a new man at the helm in the guise of Chris Bowen. Writing on Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team’s website, Inspector Bowen has introduced himself:
My name is Chris Bowen and I am the new Holbeck Neighbourhood Operations Inspector. I have been a police officer within West Yorkshire Police for 16 years during which time I have had a varied and interesting career.
Having started my career in Odsal, Bradford, I was soon moved to Holbeck where I served as the Community Beat Officer for Beeston and Holbeck between 2000 and 2002. I was then promoted back to Bradford where I developed my grounding as an operational sergeant, before specialising in Operations and Public Order.
I spent a number of years training public order commanders before being seconded to the National Policing Improvement Agency to lead the Public Order team through the challenges of the 2011 riots and the London 2012 Olympics. On my return to West Yorkshire I was stationed in Calderdale and was promoted to Inspector in July and subsequently posted back to Holbeck.
I was very pleased when I was informed I was returning to Holbeck, having so many fond memories of my time here.
Having taken up the role this week, I only have one stated objective and that is:
“Reduce Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in order to make Holbeck a better place to live and work.”
West Yorkshire Police is undergoing a significant amount of structural changes here in Leeds as we approach the creation of the Leeds Division and the move to our new home down on Elland Road. It is my job to ensure that performance continues to improve as we drive crime and anti-social behaviour down during these challenging times.
I very much look forward to working with you all here in South Leeds.
Holbeck Neighbourhood Operations