THE new inspector in Winsford says he is looking forward to working with the town's communities.

Insp Andrew Smith has returned to the Northwich local policing unit, which also covers Winsford and Tarporley.

His appointment follows the retirement of Insp Dave Snasdell, who had held a variety of roles in the Northwich local policing unit for 27 years.

Insp Smith joins the unit after more than 23 years at Cheshire Police, and he believes that having a connection with the people he serves is as important today as ever before.

"I'm passionate about recognising local communities, and understanding their diversity," he told the Guardian.

"I have spent my whole policing career reaching out to those who can help me do that.

"A lot has changed in policing, and for the communities that we serve over recent years, but I'm confident that local people, and organisations, remain committed to supporting local policing."

Insp Smith served in Warrington for seven years from 1994, before being promoted to the role of sergeant in Northwich, where he performed a wide range of operational duties.

He then moved to headquarters as part of a project team, before another promotion to inspector in Crewe.

More recently he has worked with police volunteers, served as partnership inspectors for Cheshire East Council and Warrington Borough Council, and worked as the liaison between police and NHS mental health services.

Insp Smith is also a force public order commander, while in his spare time he enjoys cycling, swimming and a busy family life.

Ch Insp Simon Meegan told the Guardian that Insp Smith's vast experience makes him a valuable addition to the Northwich local policing unit.

"I am pleased to welcome Insp Smith to the team," he added.

"He returns to Northwich after working in a number of operational, neighbourhood and partnership roles across the force.”