A familiar face has returned to policing in Welwyn Hatfield with former Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Inspector Kash Hussain promoted to Chief Inspector for the borough.
CI Hussain, who joined the constabulary in 2007, will be responsible for overseeing a variety of teams including Intervention (who deal with 999 emergencies), the Local Crime Unit (a team of detectives investigating crimes), and the Safer Neighbourhood Team (who focus on fixing long- and short-term neighbourhood issues, including anti-social behaviour).
Speaking of his new role, he said: “I’m most looking forward to leading the team out of the challenges that the pandemic inflicted on us. The last couple of years have been naturally disruptive and I can’t wait to crack on with some normality!
“The previous Chief Inspector, Simon Mason, who I worked closely with, instilled a high-performance culture, with all officers striving to go above and beyond to keep Welwyn Hatfield safe and I am aim to continue with that.
“I am also keen to make sure we take a really preventative approach to local policing. If we can get in there early and deter offenders, we can help prevent crimes from happening at all. Working with our partners, such as Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is vital in achieving that.”
As an officer from an ethnic minority background, CI Hussain is passionate about bringing diverse communities together. He is currently the constabulary’s Deputy Race Lead, helping the force to understand the challenges it faces in relation to ethnic minorities and how officers can do better at supporting them both externally with the public and internally amongst colleagues.
In his time as Welwyn Hatfield’s SNT Inspector, from April 2020 to August 2021, CI Hussain was instrumental in setting up the local Unity of Culture Forum, which gives a voice to the ethnic minority communities in the borough.
CI Hussain explained: “Welwyn Hatfield is a wonderfully diverse area and I want all our communities to feel confident in us and know that they can trust us. With Stop and Search, for example, we know that there are issues around trust and I want to help change those perceptions. As we enter the ‘new normal’, I would like to encourage residents, from all backgrounds, to make use of our ride-along scheme. This gives you the opportunity to come out on a patrol with us to see how we operate, and ask questions. My officers are here to help you and keep you safe and we’d be more than happy for you to join us on a patrol. My philosophy as your Chief Inspector is very much about creating ideas with the community, not ideas for the community. It’s important that we work together on making sure Welwyn Hatfield is a safe and pleasant place.
“I would also like to mention another issue which I know is causing concern not just locally but nationally – and that is male violence against women and girls. We are regularly meeting with local partners to help tackle this problem locally. Work is ongoing to identify areas where women and girls feel unsafe and how we can help make them safer such as by improving lighting and cutting back vegetation. Elsewhere, students have also been issued with personal alarms and anti-drink spiking bottle toppers to help women and girls feel safer.”
CI Hussain added: “I am looking forward to helping make Welwyn Hatfield safer and I urge all residents to get in touch with their feedback by using echo, our community voice platform. We are here and ready to help you.”
Please note our ride-along scheme is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 but for more information, email the ridealong team or call the non-emergency number 101.
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