Top cop off to HQ - via the world

17:00, Jul 11 2014

Taranaki's top cop has headed off to the Commonwealth Games - and will not return to his old job.

Taranaki area commander Inspector Blair Telford left New Zealand yesterday to take up a security role in Glasgow. The games begin on July 21. On his return, and following a holiday, Telford will then move to police national headquarters in Wellington.

Inspector Ross Grantham, no stranger to Taranaki, is stepping in to take over running the region's police operations.

A national police spokesman confirmed that Grantham had taken over yesterday and would be relieving as Taranaki area commander until further notice.

"No decision has yet been made on a permanent replacement," the spokesman said.

In heading to Wellington, Telford will be following former New Plymouth area commander Inspector Fiona Prestidge, who left four years ago for a job in national headquarters.

Last year he became Taranaki area commander following a restructuring of police districts which saw New Plymouth and Taranaki Rural districts combined. Before that, from 2007, Telford was the inspector in charge of strategy and policy at police headquarters in Wellington.

Telford declined to comment yesterday.

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