Wolds Inspector Colin Haigh has reflected on his first three months in post getting to know the communities in Louth, Horncastle and the surrounding area..
Inspector Haigh, who has a degree in criminology, transferred to Lincolnshire Police as a constable 15 years ago after beginning his police career with the MOD Police.
He spent several years as a Force Control Room inspector, where he also served as a firearms commander and Critical Incident Manager, before becoming East Lindsey patrol inspector.
Since taking on the new Wolds community role, Inspector Haigh has endeavoured to get to know as many people in the community as possible, spending time on foot patrol as well as out on two wheels, joining neighbourhood officers on cycle patrol.
Inspector Haigh said: “During my first three months, I have enjoyed meeting many of our town and parish councils and members of the public, and will be continuing to attend as many council meetings as possible in the future. I welcome every opportunity to listen to what the public have to say about local policing in their areas and the feedback I have received so far about the visibility and accessibility of officers and PCSOs has been very positive”.
“I have been impressed by how hard officers and staff work and it is clear to me that East Lindsey benefits from dedicated, productive Neighbourhood Policing teams and response officers who are committed to their communities.
“I have also seen first hand what a valuable contribution our volunteers are making to policing in our district and, as Chair of the Police Volunteer Working Group, this is an area which I am passionate about developing”.
Inspector Haigh, who lives with his family live in East Lindsey, believes everyone has a part to play in keeping our communities safe.
He said: “It is rewarding to see that crime is falling in our area but there is still more we can do. Our recent focus has been on tackling rural crime and we are continuing to work closely with farmers and residents to reduce offences and help people take responsibility for security of their premises and property. This partnership is the key to success”.
Anyone who wishes to contact Inspector Haigh to discuss issues of concern can do so by calling 101 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org