New chief inspectors in command

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TWO new chief inspectors have joined Northumbria Police’s Northumberland area command as part of a reshuffle by the force.

Chief inspectors Mick Paterson and Aidan Sloan joined the area command last month to help reduce crime across the county.

Mick Paterson will be overseeing policing in Blyth, Cramlington and East and West Tynedale.

He joined the force in 1991 and has spent most of his career in criminal investigation departments in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

He has also worked for the force’s counter-corruption, professional standards, homicide and major investigation teams.

He said: “Although some time has passed since I last worked in Northumberland, I have continued to investigate serious crime in the area, including a number of high-profile homicides over the years.

“Northumberland is a great place to work, and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to return.

“My role is to support the neighbourhood policing teams to ensure that everyone has a voice in how we can make neighbourhoods a better place to live.”

Aidan Sloan will be overseeing the neighbourhood policing teams in Bedlington, Ashington, Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick.

He joined Northumbria Police in 1992 and has worked in a number of operational and CID roles, most recently for the force’s operations command unit at its Ponteland HQ.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with our communities across the county and to continue to drive down crime and disorder.

“My aim is to continue the hard work that has been ongoing in the area and to try to meet the high levels of service expected.”