As well as dealing with the anticipated rise in burglaries as the clocks go back and thefts of motor vehicles across the St Albans district, the new St Albans Chief Inspector is also focusing on improving safety for women and girls and improving activities for young people.
Chief Inspector Ricky Bartlett has taken over from Mike Todd, who has been promoted to Superintendent and is now heading up the criminal justice and custody unit.
As District Chief Inspector, he leads around 150 officers and staff, across three Safer Neighbourhood teams, the Local Crime Unit (who deal with a range of criminal investigations), five Intervention/Response teams (who respond to both emergency and non-emergency incidents), the Community Safety Unit, proactive Scorpion Team and volunteers - including Special Constables (volunteers with full police powers).
He said: “I’m really pleased to take on this role. I will continue to build upon the excellent work to date, with proactive and highly visible policing. I will work collaboratively with our community and partners with a Prevention First focus to reduce crime and reoffending and safeguard those who are vulnerable within our communities - ensuring St Albans district remains a safe place to live, work and visit.
“I was immediately impressed with the dedication of police officers and police staff I met in my first week across the St Albans district. They are determined to help people when they have been a victim of crime, in mental health crisis or dealing with ongoing anti-social behaviour. Whatever the issue, my officers are here to help.”
He said: “I’m also keen to make sure violence against women and girls is not tolerated across the district and that women and girls feel confident in reporting any abuse to us. I’d also like to extend activities available for young people through schools and colleges so that they have a positive relationship with the police through sport or the police cadets. It’s really important for young people to see positive role models and make the right decisions in their lives.”
CI Bartlett brings with him extensive policing experience having held a variety of roles across the county, predominantly frontline operational roles on the local policing command. More recently, Ricky was the project co-ordinator in the Transformation team dealing with organisational change – including retention and recruitment, aligning shift patterns to deal with rising crime trends and improving responses to calls for service.
Prior to that he was Oscar One in the Force Control Room, managing police resources across the county to deal with 999 and 101 incidents, often involving specialist departments and other emergency services.
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