A former St Helens police has been appointed to one of the top jobs in British policing.
Merseyside Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward is to head up the Serious and Organised Crime’s Matrix team.
He will lead a team of 1,500 officers and support staff, bringing together the team’s intelligence bureau, and crime operations.
Assistant Chief Constable Ward was St Helens police’s chief superintendent between 2003 and 2004.
He said: “Serious and organised crime can create a vicious downward spiral of fear, intimidation and economic decline in our neighbourhoods. It has a direct impact on our communities, through the drugs and violence that bring misery to our streets.”