New role for Raoul Moat detective.
As a detective Chief Supt Neil Adamson has led investigations into some of Tyneside's most challenging and high profile criminal investigations.
But now he has been appointed to the role of area commander of Gateshead, the town in which he was born and grew up. He said: "I have become the area commander of my home town, which is a role I have been keen to undertake during my career. It has been a genuine ambition of mine, and now is the perfect time.
"I am Gateshead born and bred, and I have lived here all my life. I have a good knowledge of the area and the issues affecting it. And with the experience and background I have got, I really do think I can make a difference to the quality of life for people that live and work in the borough."
During his career Chief Supt Adamson has taken on varied roles from traffic duties to top detective.
In May 2009 Chief Supt Adamson was appointed head of crime for the whole force.
During a very busy three years in this job he became the public face of one of the biggest manhunts the country has ever seen, the search for Raoul Moat in 2010. Last summer he also took charge of the hunt for Graeme Jarman, who went missing after the body of murdered pensioner Judith Richardson was discovered in her Hexham home.