Chief Superintendent Paul Money Officially Retires

Saturday 30 June 2018

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, officially retires from West Yorkshire Police today (30/6) after 32 years with the Force.

Paul, who joined Holbeck Division as a police cadet in 1986, is starting a new role with Leeds City Council, as Chief Officer at the city’s community safety partnership Safer Leeds from July 9.

Born and bred in Leeds, he received the Queens Policing Medal for Distinguished Service in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours earlier this month.

After being appointed to the rank of Constable in 1987, he subsequently worked in a number of detective posts across the Force up to the rank of Detective Inspector.

In 2004, he was successful at the national assessment centre for the High Potential Development Scheme, which identifies and develops officers to senior level.

In March 2009, after undertaking posts as the Chief Constable’s Staff Officer and Head of Neighbourhood Policing at North West Leeds Division, he was promoted to Superintendent at City and Holbeck Division.

In October 2011, Paul, who has a Master’s Degree in Applied Criminology and Policing Studies from the University of Leeds, was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and remained at City and Holbeck to take up the post of Divisional Commander.

In 2014, the three geographical policing divisions were merged into one district with its headquarters at a new state-of-the-art building in Elland Road and Paul became District Commander at the helm of West Yorkshire’s largest and busiest policing area.

He said: “It has been a genuine privilege to have worked with such a fantastic group of people over the years, serving the public and helping to keep people safe in the city that I am from and have such a strong affinity with.

“I’ve been a part of some very significant changes in recent years, particularly the move to one Leeds policing district and the increased focus on safeguarding the most vulnerable and prioritising the issues that present the greatest risk to people.

“Policing is continuing to go through one of its most challenging periods but, despite the fact there are fewer officers dealing with a far greater level and complexity of demand, I remain very proud of the commitment to public service that our officers and staff continue to demonstrate every day.

“It is a real wrench to be leaving that team of people but I am staying in the public service and will still be working closely with police colleagues in my new role with Safer Leeds.

“I am really looking forward to helping to develop the city’s approach to community safety and building on some of the great work that has gone before. I’m confident that the knowledge and skills I’ve gained over my policing career will help me to continue to make a positive contribution to the lives of people in Leeds and the city as a whole.”

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Paul as our new chief officer for community safety at Leeds City Council.  Paul will not only bring over 30 years of experience as a police officer to the role, but also a tremendous and in-depth understanding of the specific challenges faced here in Leeds.

“This knowledge, along with the many positive relationships which Paul has already built with stakeholders across the city and in our communities as a previous Chief Superintendent, will be vital to our aim of driving forward and delivering real and tangible improvements in this very important area for the people of Leeds.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter, Kirklees District Commander, has been appointed Leeds District Commander and takes up the post on July 23.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Derek Hughes is currently performing the district commander role in Leeds.

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