THE Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team has a new commander.
Inspector Ian Hancock, aged 47, has taken on the role based at Leek Police Station.
Mr Hancock is married with two children and lives in the Moorlands.
He moves to Leek from his position as deputy local police commander for the Stoke-on-Trent area.
He joined the force in February 1991 and has also served at the Staffordshire police headquarters in the tactical support department.
Speaking to the Post & Times, Mr Hancock said his new role was permanent.
He said: "This job is a lot different to the city centre due to the large rural area.
"I served at Leek before and was made sergeant in 2002. I was then moved to Kidsgrove and was then the licence sergeant for the North Staffs Division
"I am very pleased to come back to Leek in charge.
"I intend to maintain the downward trend of crime in the district.
"I am also looking forward to building up relationships with the many community contacts across the Staffordshire Moorlands."
Mr Hancock takes over as the Moorlands commander from outgoing inspector Jon Ward.