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Deputy Akhtar retires from the force

Jawaid AkhtarThe retiring deputy chief constable of West Yorkshire Police walked his original beat again with his police constable son.

Jawaid Akhtar joined the force as an officer in Huddersfield almost 32 years ago. He retired this week but walked the streets with son PC Mohsin Akhtar, whowill retain his father’s collar number after his retirement.

DCC Akhtar rose through the ranks to become one of the most senior Asian officers in a British police force.

Over the years, he has led investigations in a number of high profile cases, including the murder of three women in Bradford by student Stephen Griffiths who called himself the “Crossbow Cannibal”.

More recently, he has been in charge of police counter-terrorism operations in North East England.

Mark Gilmore, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “I want to pay tribute to Jawaid Akhtar for the very significant and selfless contribution he has made to West Yorkshire Police, to our communities and to British Policing for almost 32 years.

“He has been a cornerstone of this organisation and gave me, as Chief Constable, invaluable support after I took up post in early 2013.

“Jawaid has devoted his career to serving the communities of West Yorkshire and I am proud and privileged to have worked alongside him.

“His depth of knowledge, integrity, sound advice and ability to challenge issues in a positive and robust way have been a real asset.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jawaid for many years, particularly following his appointment as an Assistant Chief Constable back in 2004.

“It will seem strange not having Jawaid around West Yorkshire Police, but he has clearly earned a successful retirement after nearly 32 years dedicated service to WYP and the public of West Yorkshire.”

West Yorkshire Police’s new Deputy Chief Constable, Dee Collins, took up her post on January 6.

Date posted: January 9, 2014

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