A TOP cop has joined Ellesmere Port police after doing humanitarian work with the United Nations.

Superintendent Sarah Boycott starts here fresh from a stint at the UN headquarters in New York, trying to resolve the crisis in Darfur.

She initially worked on the strategic direction and recruitment for the mission in South Sudan, then led the team planning and implementing the policing element going there, which will consist of more than 6,400 officers.

In Cheshire she has performed operational and headquarters roles, including work and case management, and has been a liaison officer to the Crown Prosecution Service and courts.

Other new recruits taking some of the most senior roles in the Western Area, are Superintendent Jon Betts and Chief Inspectors Steve Gould and Damien Smethurst.

Supt Betts joined Cheshire from Greater Manchester Police where he was responsible for investigating serious crime and was seconded to the Home Office Police Standards Unit.

Chief Insp Gould has been policing in Cheshire since 1980 and has held a variety of posts including detective sergeant with Chester CID, detective inspector in the force’s paedophile unit and in the HQ Crime Operations unit.

Chief Insp Smethurst has spent much of his career working with partner agencies and in uniform operations in Cheshire, and from 2006 was responsible for the development and delivery of operational training for officers.

Their new boss, area commander Chief Supt Tim Jackson, said: “I thank the previous leadership group for their outstanding contributions and welcome the newcomers with a sense of anticipation and optimism.

“Residents in Western Area have already seen the benefits of these officers’ varied and extensive knowledge.”