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New Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for East Herts

10 Sep 2021
  • Inspector Mark Collins has taken on the role.

  • He joined the constabulary in 2006 and has spent most of his career policing in East Herts.

  • He is looking forward to working with members of the public to keep East Herts a safe place for all.

A new Safer Neighbourhood Inspector has joined the policing team in East Herts.

Inspector Mark Collins took on the role last month, following the retirement of his predecessor, Chris Hunt.

Mark, a married father of two, joined Herts police as a constable in 2006. His previous employment involved managing a number of licensed premises, which had enabled him to build a working relationship with the police.

While he initially began his policing career with the Intervention response team in North Herts, the majority of Mark’s time has been spent in the east of the county, with both the response and Safer Neighbourhood teams.

After passing his Sergeants exam, Mark also spent some time working as an ‘Oscar two’ in the force’s control room, dealing with calls into the constabulary and dispatching resources to incidents.

He then went on to become the Neighbourhood Sergeant for Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth, before later being promoted to Inspector rank.

His most recent role was as an Intervention Inspector, which saw him leading the emergency response teams in East Herts and Broxbourne.

As SNT Inspector, Mark is now responsible for overseeing the work of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth, East Herts Rural, Hertford and Ware.

Mark, who lives in the local area, said: “The SNT role is crucial to policing. It presents opportunities for my team to make a real difference to people’s lives and also gives me an input into directing how policing is delivered to the local community.

“The team at East Herts are fantastic and we are lucky to have such dedicated officers and staff who are really willing to make a difference.”

Talking about his focus for the future, Mark continued: “For me, preventing crime is the focus. Dealing with issues before they escalate is key; addressing problems and dealing with them swiftly prevents people from becoming victims.

“For example, I’m currently working with members of my team on a new created youth project, to identify risk surrounding our young people and using diversionary tactics to stop them committing crime, or being taken advantage of.

“Working with our local partners is also a big part of this prevention work and am looking forward to continuing and building on the good relationships we already have in place.”

Mark is also keen for his team to engage with members of the public as much as possible, so that they can play their part in keeping East Herts a safe place to live, work and visit.

“I am keen for the team to be visible and to carry out regular engagement activities across the area,” he said.

“East Herts is the largest area in the county and has a really diverse mix of urban and rural challenges, so feedback from members of the public is vitally important, as it helps us to understand the issues that matter most to them and focus our efforts accordingly. If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.”

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