MEET the new police chief who will be in charge of keeping the streets of Sunderland north safe.
Inspector Tony Carty will lead Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers Seaburn, Fulwell, Roker, Monkwearmouth Southwick, Carley Hill, Witherwack, Red House, Downhill, Castletown and Town End Farm.
He has taken over from Inspector Lisa Musgrove, who is now heading up Houghton and Hetton Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Insp Carty brings with him 15 years service with Northumbria Police, having spent the last two years working as a 24/7 inspector in Sunderland City.
He said “I am looking forward to the new challenges that neighbourhood policing brings and also looking forward to building good relationships with partners, councillors and the community itself.
“In return, I’m bringing 15 years experience of front-line operational policing, which I’ll put to good use in dealing with the small number of individuals who blight our communities through their actions.”
Insp Carty joined Northumbria Police in 1996 and spent his first seven years with the force working in Sunderland West in the 24/7 team and a drugs proactive team.
He was also a member of the Safer Estates Task force in Pennywell for three years.
During this time, he worked closely with the community and other partner agencies to achieve record fall in crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.
In 2004, he was promoted to sergeant and joined Gateshead Area Command working in 24/7.
He returned to his original stomping ground of Sunderland in 2009 when he was promoted to inspector.
Insp Carty added: “One of my priorities is listening to and responding to the concerns of the community and I would urge residents to get in contact and let us know what the crime and disorder issues are in the area.”
The Sunderland North team has been tackling issues that affect the community the most.
Residents flagged up house burglaries as a problem in the area, leading to patrols being stepped up in the area, particularly overnight.
Householders have also been encouraged to protect their property as a number of the break-ins have been through open doors or windows.
Youth disorder and antisocial was another problem raised by residents.
Officers have stepped up patrols in hot spot areas and are working with schools and youth groups to tackle the problem.