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Changes to the North Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team

March 11, 2013, 12:24 pm

Changes to the North Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team

There have been some changes to the North Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team with the introduction of a new Sergeant, and a change of Neighbourhood PCs.

Working with the community to tackle local issues is the focus for new Neighbourhood Team Sergeant, Clare Ramirez.

Clare, who has over ten years experience with the Constabulary, joined the team from the Custody Team in Hatfield where she was responsible for the prisoners brought into custody.
Prior to this she worked on the Child Abuse Investigation Unit as a Detective at Police Headquarters. Earlier in her career she worked on Intervention in Watford, responding to emergency calls.

Clare will be joining a team of proactive PCs and Police Community Support Officers, who cover the areas of Woodside and Stanborough, Collowland and Leggatts and Meriden and Tudor, responding to community issues.

Clare said: “The team has had a number of sergeants in recent months but Im here to stay. This is a role I really wanted to do and Im really pleased to be returning to Watford; it is an area I know well through my days working as an intervention PC.

“Im fortunate to join an area where both crime and anti-social behaviour are reducing. I want to keep it this way and achieve further reductions.

“Im looking forward to forging links with the community and understand what is of concern to them so we can work together to create long-term solutions. Im keen to ensure we get on top of issues before they escalate, whether it is an emerging crime series or issues of anti-social behaviour. We cant do this alone and will be working with partner agencies, such as Watford Borough Council.”
In addition to Clares arrival, PC James Irlen and PC David Stansbury have swapped beats.

PC James Irlen has covered the Woodside area for the past 18 months and is now taking over PC Stansburys beat, Leggatts.

During his time on Woodside, James has worked to reduce anti-social behaviour across the ward by 79% through a proactive approach working with partner agencies, such as the Watford Community Housing Trust.

James said: “There were some real issues when I joined but things have steadily improved. Ive taken a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour, dealing with offenders proactively and raising issues with their parents with the housing trust, who can threaten their tenancy if the childs behaviour continues. Ive really enjoyed working in the area and getting to know local people. Legatts will provide a new challenge for me and Im looking forward to dealing with local issues there.”

PC David Stansbury has been with the Neighbourhood Team for just over five months, covering Leggatts. He will be taking over the Woodside area from James.

David has previously worked as an intervention officer, responding to 999 calls in the Hertsmere area. He said: “Im looking forward to the challenge of continuing Jamess good work in Woodside. I also hope to continue the positive working relationship that we already have with partner agencies.

“In the coming months, well be working on some joint operations with other officers on the team to tackle acquisitive crime, drugs and drink driving. Were also planning some road safety operations across the North Watford area.”

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