Pudsey/Weetwood Division is based in the north and
west of Leeds.
It stretches to the edge of the city centre in the
south incorporating the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan
University and a large youthful student population in communities
including Burley, Headingley and Woodhouse.
To the north it reaches Otley and includes the
county’s gateway to the world – Leeds/Bradford International
Airport which is continuing to expand in both international and
domestic air traffic.
In the west of the division are the busy
communities of Pudsey, Armley and Bramley as well as Farsley,
Calverley and Rodley.
Home to Yorkshire County Cricket and the Leeds
Rhinos, the division’s population is boosted regularly by the
large influx of people visiting the Headingley Stadium for rugby
league and test cricket matches.
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.
It also houses one of the largest remand prisons
in the country at HMP Leeds.
Pudsey/Weetwood’s Divisional Commander is Chief
Superintendent Ian Levitt.
He joined the Force as a cadet in 1980 and was
appointed as a constable at Bradford Central in 1981. His first post
in Leeds was as a patrol officer at Holbeck in 1982.
Four years later he was appointed to a team
working in the new computerised incident rooms – one of his first
cases was the investigation into the murder of Leeds schoolgirl
Sarah Harper in 1986.
He was promoted to Sergeant at Huddersfield where
he spent five years before being appointed an inspector at Calder
In 1995 he returned to Leeds as an inspector based
in the Leeds Area Communications Room. He was promoted to Chief
Inspector in 1998 and a year later Superintendent.
He subsequently worked as a project manager on the
Force’s first best value review of operational policing which
focused on Bradford. In April 2000 he was appointed Divisional
Commander of Calder Valley and later Superintendent Operations of
the new Calderdale Division.