THE new chief of Wiltshire Police has put safer public spaces, violence and burglary at the top of her agenda.
Chief Constable Catherine Roper outlined her priorities in an open letter to Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire, Philip Wilkinson.
She said having taken over at the helm on February 27 after Kier Pritchard stood down, she had already spoken to hundreds of officers and intended to meet more in the coming weeks.
And finding ways to work more effectively were on the agenda, she said.
“I have already required a review of each responsibility area to ensure that our systems and processes can be streamlined and impactive – taking unnecessary demands out of the system, and ensuring our police officers, staff and volunteers can maximise their time working within communities, and with our partners and stakeholders,” she wrote.
“I have established three key priority areas for operational delivery: Safer Public Spaces, Violence and Burglary.
“I will be expecting my teams to provide the best possible response to all demands for service, but these three areas will be our focus.
“I recognise the strides forward made under the principles of ‘Victims, Investigations, Vulnerability’ previously established within Wiltshire Police.
“However, I believe these need to be applied in a more focused manner in order to be most effective.
“In support of the Police & Crime Plan, these priority areas will respond to the concerns of our communities – and ensure people feel safe both inside and outside of their homes.”