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New inspector pledges to tackle community issues
4:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
A NEW police inspector in Great Sankey has pledged to tackle issues that matter to the community.
Rob Dickinson is now leading the Warrington West NPU based at Great Sankey Police station on Meeting Lane, taking over from David Griffiths.
He said: “What I want to get across to my own staff and people there is it’s not just about major incidents.
“It’s about if people are hanging around outside of shops, or damaging your car.
“When you meet people you realise how important these issues are to them.
“It’s about engaging with people properly - we really have to listen.
“But it has to be based on trust.
“People have to trust that police are trying to do the right thing and police have to trust that residents want to engage with us.
“I want them to believe that if they tell us something, I will have my staff there as quickly as possible.”
The 42-year-old, born in the Lake District, has more than 20 years experience working for Cheshire Police including roles at CID and on the Road Unit.
His last job before becoming inspector was as force incident manager at police headquarters in Winsford.
There he managed the responses to major incidents including gun attacks and police searches.
He said: “It was a great job because you find out exactly what’s going on.
“I wanted something where you go out and speak to people and get to know a community rather than something that’s over in an hour.
“Working with longer term issues appeals to me, and when this came up I thought I’d love to do that.”
Rob is now focused on tackling community issues, and cited number plate thefts as a current priority.
He also recommended using public meetings with CSOs to voice concerns.
To contact Warrington West NPU call 101 or follow them on Twitter @WarrWestNPU.