A new police commander has been appointed to lead policing in east Cornwall.
Superintendent Steve Parker has assumed responsibility for crime and community policing across the area, which includes the towns of Newquay, Bodmin, Wadebridge and St Austell.
The appointment is for six months while Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh is away from the Force. Superintendent Parker joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1994 and has served in Plymouth, and Cornwall in both uniformed and CID roles. Most recently he worked in the public protection unit and also has experience in the major crime investigation team. Since being appointed he has met with many of his officers, staff and Special Constables, plus representatives from partner agencies.
"I am thrilled to take on my new role as commander for east Cornwall," he said. "This is one of the safest places to live in the country and one of the reasons for that is down to the dedication and commitment of officers and staff who deliver the very best possible service. There are still policing challenges and I will work tirelessly with my team to address them. My aim is to deliver the best possible policing service to local communities and to visitors to the area."