There’s a new Inspector on the beat in North Lincolnshire.
Town Centre inspector Paul French is being joined by Insp Mark Fletcher, who will be leading the neighbourhood teams policing rural North Lincolnshire.
We caught up with him to find out a bit more about him and his role.
Here is what he said:
“I am originally from the Isle of Axholme. I grew up in Epworth and spent my school days there before going to college in Scunthorpe. After that I lived in Nottingham for a while, before moving back to North Lincolnshire.
“I have been a police officer for 15 years now - 14 of which were spent with Nottinghamshire Police before transferring over to Humberside about a year ago.
“Since I came to Humberside, I have worked in the Patrol Team in Hull and in Grimsby’s Early Intervention Team. I enjoyed both of these roles as they allowed me to get back out on the beat and work with partners to learn more about the communities here and what is important to them.
“I am really proud to be working as an inspector in the area that I grew up and I’m looking forward to leading a team dedicated to making this area safer.
“We have a great group of people in the neighbourhood teams for North Lincolnshire and already I am impressed by the dedication of the sergeants, PCs and PCSOs within these communities. I feel very honoured to be joining them as inspector.
“I started my police career on a response team, carrying out foot patrol in Nottingham City Centre. After that I spent a short time with a specialist ASB team working with the council to find long term solutions to community concerns about people behaving antisocially.
“Later I worked in both the proactive and Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which included carrying out warrants, investigating organised crime and targeting prolific offenders.
“My final role at Nottinghamshire Police was in the intelligence department, where we pieced together bits of information from various sources to help us take offenders off the streets. This was a really interesting role and sometimes it was what seemed like the tiniest bit of information that enabled us to secure that warrant or carry out the arrest that took down the whole operation.
“One thing that I would say from my time in intelligence is if you see something that you think is suspicious please call us and let us decide if it is significant or not. It may not seem like much to you, but if we have been building a picture about a person or address, that may be the last piece of the puzzle to help us take action.
“It’s important to me that we work with residents, businesses and other agencies in the area to make the community safer and stronger, and one key aspect of this is speaking to each other regularly.
“It’s important that my teams know what is happening in an area and what people are worried about, so that we can take action to address it.
“I also don’t want anyone to feel disheartened if you do not see immediate action from the information that you have given us. I promise it will be investigated and may well form part of the wider picture.
“We are currently out and about knocking on doors across the region and asking people to take part in HumberTalking, a short survey designed to help shape the way that we police your local area.
“If there is something going on that is having an impact on your life then we want to know about it, so if an officer or PCSO comes to your door please take the time to talk to them and fill in the survey. It will only take 10 minutes but will really help us understand what issues are bothering you and how we can work together to ensure that this stays a brilliant place to live and work.
“We also host regular police surgeries where people can drop in and speak to an officer, these are advertised on the local Twitter account and via My Community Alert.”
You can find out more about your local neighbourhood policing team, what they are up to and how to get in touch with them via our website.