Police commander calls time on 999 after 30-year career

Supt Javad Ali on the beat in Scarborough.
Supt Javad Ali on the beat in Scarborough.

The former Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Scarborough and Ryedale walked his last beat on Friday after 30 years in the force.

Superintendent Javad Ali marked the start of his retirement by pounding the streets of York, where he began his lengthy career with North Yorkshire Police.

After working in the city from the age of 21, he moved to CID in Harrogate and then returned to York where he moved up the ranks to become superintendent, spending much of his career in CID before eventually becoming Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Scarborough and Ryedale, where he spent his final days in the force.

Career highlights include being at the helm of a number of major investigations. He was awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation after the leading the hunt for quadruple killer Mark Hobson in 2004 - a case that still haunts him.

Supt Ali, who is taking the gap year he never had and plans to travel, said he had enjoyed helping victims of crime and simply “being a policeman”.

He added that he would miss the camaraderie of his colleagues the most.

“I would do it all again without even thinking about it,” he said.

Supt Glyn Payne took over the reigns as Scarborough and Ryedale’s Safer Neighbourhood Commander earlier this year.

He joined North Yorkshire Police as a new constable in 1986 and has worked in a variety of roles across North Yorkshire. He is a qualified firearms incident commander, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident commander and a trained public order commander.

He said: “It will be a challenge to build on the excellent foundations laid by Supt Ali. Reducing crime for seven years in a row is a huge achievement and I am determined to do his legacy justice.”

He has been joined by Kerrin Smith as Chief Inspector for the Scarborough and Ryedale Command.

Chief Insp Smith succeeds Chief Insp Dave Foster who has been promoted to superintendent in the force’s specialist operations department.