Rutland’s top police officer is moving to Loughborough

THE face of policing in Rutland is changing.

Police commander Johnny Monks, 42, is moving on having first taken over the reins at Oakham Police Station in February 2009.

Since then the number of police on the streets has increased, burglaries are down and farmers have gained invaluable advice on how to prevent thefts on their land.

Insp Monks said: “Coming to Rutland was the jewel in the policing crown for me. It is a wonderful rural community.

“When I first arrived the number of burglaries in the county each year was in the hundreds. Last year there were 44.

“I’m pleased with what I have achieved.”

Insp Monks, who lives in the Vale of Belvoir with his wife and three children, will finish at Oakham Police Station on September 5 to move to Loughborough and take over as unit commander there.

He says he sees the role as similar to managing Rutland, but on a much larger scale.

He added: “Loughborough is a big town with a university and next year the British and Japanese teams will be based there during the Olympics.

“I would like to take everything I have learned in Rutland and apply it there.”

Insp Monks says he will miss Rutland and intends to keep close links here.

He said: “I will miss the place, but I will also miss the people.

“I have built up good relationships with various people, including county councillors, High Sheriffs as they come and go and the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Laurence Howard. I feel so lucky to have worked here.”

Insp Monks will hand over the reigns to Insp Kamlesh Mistry, who is currently based at Leicestershire Police headquarters in Enderby, Leicester.