Lancashire

Ian Dawson new detective chief inspector for Lancashire

Det Ch Insp Ian Dawson
Image caption Det Ch Insp Dawson said it was "an honour" to return to Preston

Lancashire Police has appointed a new detective chief inspector to oversee criminal investigations in Preston.

Ian Dawson, 41, has taken over on a temporary basis and his duties will include overseeing the CID, the public protection unit and intelligence.

He replaces Det Ch Insp Andy Webster, who has been promoted to superintendent in the contact management department.

Det Ch Insp Dawson joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1993 when he started his career on foot patrol in Fulwood.

He comes from the county's northern division, which covers Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre, where he was a uniform chief inspector for nine months responsible for uniform operations policing.

'Safe area'

Det Ch Insp Dawson joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1993 when he started his career on foot patrol in Fulwood.

He then spent time in the intelligence unit at Preston and in geographic policing in Lea before being promoted to detective inspector in March 2009, after 12 months as a temporary detective inspector.

Commenting on his new role, Det Chief Insp Dawson said: "I have spent the majority of my service in Preston and it is an honour to return to the area where I started my policing career.

"Preston is a safe area with low crime levels and I am looking forward to continuing with the good work that is under way to keep crime low and keep people safe."

Det Ch Insp Dawson has been involved in a number of major investigations throughout his service with Lancashire Constabulary and has received a number of commendations for bravery and investigating serious and complex drugs cases.

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