THE new police inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings wants to engage with residents to tackle crime.
Insp Mike Burnett, pictured below, moved to the area from the force control room in Lincoln just over a month ago and is pleased with the welcome he has received.
He said: “I am settling in quite well. On my walks round the town everyone has made me feel very welcome and the contact with the local community has been positive.”
Insp Burnett, who is 50, has been in the police force for 25 years and has been working in Lincolnshire for the majority of his career. He has worked in city and rural patches, so has plenty of experience of different types of policing.
He has already been out on patrol in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings and has set out a target for the coming months.
Insp Burnett added: “I am looking to make contact with the community and deal with issues raised through the neighbourhood panels. It is very much dependent on the local community which areas we police.
“Local officers attend and listen to the views of the panels and we select three key priorities. So far we have been getting some good feedback. The public can get in contact with the station directly as well.”
Insp Burnett has already identified and tackled a key issue in the Deepings after a spate of thefts and burglaries in March.
A Peterborough man was arrested and charged with four offences in Deeping St James, including attempted burglary on March 29 and burglary, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and driving a vehicle without insurance on March 31.
His case was heard at Grantham Magistrate’s Court on Monday and has been sent to Lincoln Crown Court for trial.
Insp Burnett said he was keen to continue the good work and reduce crime rates across his sector, while increasing the number of people caught and charged for crimes that are committed.
He said: “My intention is to remain in Stamford for as long as possible. It is a great area to police in and the local community has been very approachable. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere and I am looking forward to policing here.”