St Albans has a new Chief Inspector following a reshuffle.
Chief Inspector Lynda Coates has taken over from Stuart Cheek who had been in the role for just six months. CI Cheek is now heading up a new Domestic Abuse Safeguarding Unit following an organisational overhaul.
Amid rising crime in the City including a surge in stabbings and burglaries this year the new Chief Inspector is keen on keeping the city a safe place.
CI Coates said “I want to help people, keep people safe, reduce crime and catch people committing crime. I want to make sure my officers are highly visible; keep people updated about crimes that are emerging and on crimes they have been victims of, and focus on crimes causing the most harm within communities. In the St Albans district, burglary, vehicle crime and rural crime are our main priorities
CI Coates manages over 100 officers, heading up the three Safer Neighbourhood teams, the Local Crime Unit (who deal with a range of criminal investigations), Intervention (who respond to both emergency and non-emergency incidents), the Community Safety Unit and volunteers, including Special Constables (volunteers with full police powers).
She said: “I was immediately impressed with the dedication of the St Albans, Harpenden and London Colney officers, who all work so well together as a team, with other agencies, to help keep the district safe.”