New police leaders take the helm in Scarborough and Ryedale

Two new faces have taken over the command of policing in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas.

Superintendent Glyn Payne has been appointed Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Scarborough and Ryedale. He is joined by Chief Inspector Kerrin Smith as Chief Inspector for the Scarborough and Ryedale Command.

The pair bring a wealth of policing experience to the area totalling 45 years, gained in a diverse range of policing roles.  

Supt Payne takes over from Supt Javad Ali who is due to retire later this year. Chief Insp Smith succeeds Chief Insp Dave Foster who has been promoted to Superintendent in the force's Specialist Operations department which oversees roads policing, firearms, counter terrorism and public order. 

Superintendent Glyn Payne
Supt Glyn Payne has policing in his blood, coming from a family of police officers and staff. His father served for 32 years in South Yorkshire Police, his brother-in-law is an Inspector in South Yorkshire and his sister is a trainer, also for South Yorkshire Police.

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He joined North Yorkshire Police as a new constable in 1986 and has worked in a variety of roles across York and North Yorkshire. 

He is a qualified Firearms Incident Commander, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Incident Commander and a trained Public Order Commander.

Supt Payne's first posting was as a beat officer in Skipton before transferring to York Roads Policing Unit. While based in York, he was promoted to sergeant and became the local area beat sergeant.

After promotion to inspector, he worked in the Administration of Justice Department taking charge of custody suites at York and Northallerton, before playing a major role in the co-ordination of strike teams working under Operation Delivery in 2003.

He was promoted to Chief Inspector for Community Safety in 2003 and oversaw the introduction of Police Community Support Officers to North Yorkshire.

After promotion to Superintendent in 2006, Supt Payne was Operations Commander for the old Western Area which included the districts of Harrogate, Craven and Richmondshire.

In 2008 he took over the running of the two force control rooms in York and Newby Wiske. Most recently, he delivered the major projects of centralising control room operations to the single site in York and the introduction of the automated switchboard and the 101 national non-emergency number.  He has handed over the reigns to Superintendent Richard Anderson, formerly Selby Safer Neighbourhood Commander.

Supt Payne said: "I have great memories of the Scarborough and Ryedale Districts, not through work, but through childhood holidays. I am really looking forward to working in an area which I love.

"It will be a challenge to build on the excellent foundations laid by Superintendant Ali and Chief Inspector Foster. Reducing crime for seven years in a row is a huge achievement and I am determined to do their legacy justice.

"We have great teams of very dedicated police officers, PCSOs and staff  in our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and I look forward to working with them and our partner agencies over the coming weeks and months to continue to keep the area as safe and secure as possible."

He added: "I would also like to pass on my very best wishes to Superintendent Ali in his upcoming retirement and to Supt Foster in his new role."

Chief Inspector Kerrin Smith
Chief Insp Smith joined North Yorkshire Police in 2008 having spent 16 years with Northumbria and Cleveland police, as well as a year spent training police in Iraq in 2006 - 2007.  

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She joins the Scarborough and Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Command having been Detective Chief Inspector within CID focusing on Volume and Serious Crime.

During her 19-year career, she has worked in a variety of roles both in uniform and CID. This ranged from specialist drug units, Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, response roles and as Force Control Room Chief Inspector.

She describes her most challenging and exciting role as the time she was posted to Iraq in 2006 as Director of Training for the coalition training programmes for the newly formed Iraqi police force.

Chief Insp Smith has been a trained Hostage Negotiator since 2003. In 2010 she was selected to join the ranks of just 20 International Hostage Negotiators in the whole of the UK.

She is a qualified Firearms Incident Commander, an International Police Trainer, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a mentor for black and ethnic minority students at Teesside University.

She was born and raised on Tyneside and joined the police after a career in fashion retail.

Chief Insp Smith said: "I am looking forward to working with the communities in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area and building on the excellent work already being done to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

"Superintendent Foster has done a fantastic job over the years and has left some very big shoes to fill as Chief Inspector. I am truly honoured to be the person chosen to do that and I can't wait to get on with the job."

Goodbye from Superintendent Javad Ali
In the meantime, Superintendent Javad Ali will be utilising his considerable experience as a Senior Investigating Officer by working on the force's cold case review team before he retires.

He said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the communities of the Scarborough and Ryedale districts for the past four-and-a-half years. We have achieved some fantastic results, not least  reducing crime for  for seven years in a row.

"This could not have been achieved without the support of our communities and our partners. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to making the area one of the safest in the country, including our community safety partners, voluntary organisations and Scarborough Borough Council. 

"I also thank Dave Foster  for his hard work over the years as Chief Inspector, during which he introduced a number of initiatives that have led to the reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as ensuring that our officers and PCSOs provide a visible and effective presence in our towns and villages.

"I congratulate Dave on his promotion to superintendent and I wish him the very best of success in his new role with the force.

"I'm sure I speak for both us in saying we are very happy to be passing the area into the capable hands of Superintendent Payne and Chief Inspector Smith, who I know  will find working on the command very rewarding and enjoyable."

Superintendent Dave Foster
Supt Dave Foster has policed Scarborough for the past 20 years from the rank of PC through to Chief Inspector.

He devised the summer policing plan which was designed to cope with the influx of visitors - the equivalent of a new town appearing overnight - during the holiday season while still maintaining a first-class policing service for the area.

Superintendent Foster said: "I leave the district with some great memories and have thoroughly enjoyed working with colleagues and friends both within the police service, the community and external partners.  I have really enjoyed working with Superintendent Ali and I know that through his leadership we have all made a contribution to successfully reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. 

"While I am sad to be leaving the area which I have policed for over 20 years, I am also extremely pleased to be promoted and I am enjoying the challenges of my new role as Head of Specialist Operations. 

"Nevertheless, I still live in Scarborough with my family so my interest in the successful policing of the town will remain as strong as ever.

"I am very confident that Chief Inspector Smith and Superintendent Payne will continue the excellent work that has been done and continues to be done by all those who are dedicated to keeping our communities safe for the benefit of residents and visitors alike ."

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