Meet your new Watch Liaison Officer – St Albans and Hemel
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A former PCSO has changed roles to become the new Watch Liaison Officer for the St Albans and Hemel Hempstead districts.
Daniel McManus is responsible for increasing the number of people who receive police messages by signing up to the OWL system (Online Watch Link) at www.owl.co.uk/herts (Opens in a new widnow) and downloading the ‘OWL crime alerts’ app across St Albans (including Harpenden and London Colney) and Hemel Hempstead (including Berkhamsted and Tring).
He liaises with police colleagues and the Community Safety Unit and Herts Watch, who manage OWL and volunteer neighbourhood watch ward and district co-ordinators.
After 16 years as a PCSO covering Boxmoor and Chaulden, he said: “I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve always enjoyed working with the public and this role enables me to carry on doing just that.”
He continued: “OWL is a really important tool for the Force in preventing crime from happening in the first place. We can notify residents about burglaries or any local crime at the click of a button. Most people receive emails but we have a number of other ways to communicate with our local residents based on their preference. The new ‘OWL crime alerts’ app also enables people to get notifications about high risk missing people and important, timely messages. We make sure we add relevant crime prevention advice. I’m keen to get as many residents signed up as possible.”
“We currently have a problem with thefts from motor vehicles across the St Albans district and we tend to see an increase in burglaries across the county when the clocks go back later this month, so we send messages out about current trends and seasonal issues, all with simple crime prevention advice to help keep residents safer.”
During his time as a PCSO, Daniel worked during the London Paralympics torch relay in Berkhamsted and he was voted PCSO of the year in 2019 for introducing the Mini Police scheme to Dacorum and his work to recruit specials and PCSOs, his work on Safer streets and mentoring new PCSOs.