Barnsley’s new district commander, Chief Supt James Abdy, takes up post today (Monday 14 June 2021).
James has been with the Force for over 25 years working in various roles both in local policing and specialist crime across South Yorkshire. James is a career detective, having worked within the CID at every rank in the county, which culminated in him being appointed as the most senior detective in the county in 2016 as the Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime. James has an extensive background in partnership working to tackle serious, organised and complex crime. As a nationally accredited Senior Investigating Officer and Strategic Firearms Commander, James has commanded a large number of complex policing operations during his career including murder investigations and targeting serious and organised criminals. At a strategic level, James was an inaugural member of the management board which established the Sheffield Business Improvement District and currently chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Threat Reduction Group for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, a position he has held for several years.
James knows the area well and has previous experience of policing within the town. As a Detective Superintendent, James successfully led a number of homicide investigations across the county, including offences within Barnsley. He returns to the town having previously served as a Detective Inspector within both intelligence and the CID between 2004 and 2006.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as the new District Commander for Barnsley. I know the district is operating very effectively so my energy and focus will be to build on the excellent work taking place with our communities and partners across Barnsley to make it a safe place for all. Barnsley is a fantastic town and I have very fond memories of working here in the past as a detective. There is a strong sense of community and I intend to harness this to ensure we make our communities resilient, inclusive and safe. We aspire to become an outstanding police force and the people of Barnsley quite rightly deserve and expect high standards of service from their officers. I look forward to working closely within the excellent partnership that is already in place to address the issues which concern local people most and tackle key threats. This means being proactive in our approach, listening and engaging with local people and business to solve problems, and creating a hostile environment for those intent on causing harm”
Chief Superintendent James Abdy will be taking over the role from Sarah Poolman who is now Acting Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.
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