WEST Yorkshire Police has appointed Russ Foster as its new Deputy Chief Constable.

Chief Constable John Robins announced the appointment after undertaking a rigorous selection and interview process which attracted six candidates.

Mr Foster joined West Yorkshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in September 2014 and held responsibility for the Specialist Crime portfolio.

He has a balanced career profile having served across a number of forces in both uniform and CID at every rank.

He said: "This is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward in supporting the Chief Constable in ensuring we continue to work hard with our communities and partners to reduce crime and help the most vulnerable people across West Yorkshire."