Solving incidents that affect residents' quality of life and dealing effectively with offenders is the focus of Welwyn Hatfield's new Chief Inspector Gary Taylor.
'My officers are committed to proactively preventing and detecting crime and offering high-visibility reassurance to members of the community.When we do experience increases in crime or hotspots, it is about detecting it quickly,' said Gary
'Anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and alcohol-related crimes are the issues that you are telling us about that are affecting your quality of life and several operations are routinely in place to deal with these issues.
'I would also like to know about any drugs related issues and would ask you to report them to your local Ward Constable or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or via the non emergency number of 0845 3300 222 - in an emergency always dial 999.If I don't know about it, I cannot provide the appropriate response.' As a Chief Inspector, Gary is responsible for the Welwyn and Hatfield Neighbourhood Teams, Intervention Teams and Local Crime Group, who investigate volume and major crime on the Central Area.
Serious crimes including stranger rapes and murders are dealt with by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit at Police Headquarters.
'Under the Safer Neighbourhood agenda, we are focussing more on crimes that matter to people and usually short-term local issues can be dealt with by neighbourhood officers if incidents are reported to us, and long-term problem solving is done at a partnership level.
Technology plays a part in improving officers time out on the streets and Gary
is in the process of introducing Orator - a phone system whereby intelligence and information can be delivered to the right people quickly, without the need for officers to go back to the station.
Digital imagery including digital cameras have recently been made available to Ward Constables and PCSOs to record incidents, which will be invaluable evidentially in court. With strategic responsibility for Central Area custody as an addition within his portfolio, Gary has a dedicated new team managed by Inspector Mark Caldicott in the new role of Custody Manager at the custody suite in the new Hatfield building.
...Gary joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1986.He began his career in Bishop's Stortford before becoming an Intervention Sergeant in Hatfield in 2001. Since then he has also worked as a Road Policing Sergeant in WGC, Intervention Inspector in Hertsmere and most recently as the Custody Inspector in Hatfield. Gary replaced Chief Inspector Simon Hawkins in March.