Ch Supt Francis Habgood
Division covers a diverse area stretching from inner-city areas such
as Burley to the rural communities of Otley and Harewood.
Home to Yorkshire County Cricket and the Leeds
Rhinos, the division serves a population of more than 160,000,
boosted regularly by the large influx of people visiting the
Headingley Stadium for rugby league and test cricket matches.
Harewood House, located in the North East, also
attracts visitors daily and hosts a number of high profile events
throughout the year.
The county’s gateway to the world –
Leeds/Bradford International Airport - is also housed in Weetwood
division and continues to expand in both international and domestic
There is also an increasing commercial and leisure
sector with new sports complexes, retail parks, leisure centres,
cinemas and night-clubs being attracted to the area.
Leading policing is Divisional Commander
Superintendent Francis Habgood. He began his career as a constable
at Weetwood in 1987.
Most of his police career has been spent in Leeds,
where he has also served at Millgarth and Killingbeck. He also
previously worked as staff officer to the former West Yorkshire
Police Assistant Chief Constable Norman Bettison.
He moved to North Leeds from his previous post as
the Force’s Head of Community Safety and Race Relations, which
involved spearheading community safety partnerships across the
county and the Force’s response to the Macpherson recommendations.