Member Yorkshire RLG
Chief Superintendent, West Yorkshire Police
Mabs joined West Yorkshire Police in 1996 at the age of 23 and was posted to Bradford. Having worked in a uniform role for a few years he quickly realised his passion for investigating crime and moved into CID. As a Detective Constable he was part of the team set up to investigate the Bradford Riots in 2001; which he describes as a sad time for the communities of Bradford.
In 2001, Mabs was promoted to Sergeant working in Leeds and then again to Detective Sergeant. One of the most memorable investigations he was in charge of at the time was the murder of a 3 year old girl, an investigation he was commended for by The Honourable Mr Justice Grigson. The suspect in this case received a life sentence for the murder.
Mabs was promoted to Detective Inspector in 2006 and spent three years leading investigations into organised crime groups and individuals within Wakefield and Bradford divisions. As the Officer in charge of the district drugs team he utilised conventional and undercover policing tactics to target those that harm our communities.
In 2009, at the age of 35, he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector as the head of crime for Airedale and North Bradford Division. During this time he has been responsible for leading his teams in investigating a wide range of offences from the most serious of murder to drugs supply, robbery and burglary.
Mabs changed roles in 2010 to lead the Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships teams, a role which provided him with the opportunity to utilise neighbourhood management to tackle community and crime issues. The role provided him with the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with Mosaic.
In September 2012, Mabs was promoted to Superintendent within Force Headquarters working for the Chief Officer Team, where he was responsible for understanding strategic intentions and translating them into operational and tactical delivery to improve performance and policing across West Yorkshire.
In October 2013, Mabs was posted to Leeds as the head of Neighbourhood Operations and was integral in creating the largest policing district in the country through the merger of 3 policing divisions. The change programme was challenging and unprecedented due to its size and scale. This ultimately created the largest span of command at his rank across West Yorkshire and the largest command unit outside of London. During his time at Leeds Mabs was also the Temporary District Commander for a period of 4 months.
In February 2016, Mabs was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed as the District Commander for Wakefield. A district covering 130sq miles with a residential population of 332,000 people, serving a number of diverse communities through 474 Police Officers and 178 Police Staff.