Police force gets a new top detective

Detective Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert.
Detective Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert.

Northumbria Police has a new top detective in charge of crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert has just taken up his new role in charge of investigating homicides, organised crime, major crime enquiries, protecting vulnerable people, covert policing and criminal justice for the force.

He has spent most of his 28-years police service as a detective, including working as a senior investigating officer in charge of a number of murder investigations. In 2004, he was the Northumbria Police link for international support following the devastating Boxing day Asian Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Det Ch Supt Calvert said: “I’ll be building on the successful work of my predecessor in overseeing crime investigations which bring offenders to justice.

“I’m looking forward to helping our communities through our major investigations and making sure crime victims of serious offences get the help and support they need from the time the offence is reported right through to a conviction at court.

“I’ll also be working to tackle organised crime and the misery it can inflict on local communities, if it remains unchecked.

“Our officers are also working closely with a range of partners to deliver the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy spearheaded by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird to tackle a range of issues around violence and abuse affecting women and girls.”

Det Ch Supt Calvert’s most recent role was acting as a temporary Assistant Chief Constable since November and before that as area commander in charge of policing in Newcastle.

He replaces temporary Det Ch Supt Debbie Ford who moves to a Communications Department.