A new year has brought with it a new police sergeant for Pinner as Roni Doyle, who has been in charge for eight years, is leaving the village.
Sgt Doyle admitted she would be very sad to say goodbye to Pinner.
She said: “I’ve got lots of contacts and I’ve worked with them on a regular basis. Problems were always sorted out immediately. My officers were proactive and any drugs, antisocial behaviour or community problems were addressed in a couple of days. The team work to an extremely high standard and my management expectations are very high which is reflected in the high workload.”
Community figures across the village have been paying tribute to Sgt Doyle since she announced her departure and she told PINNER NEWS she has been left humbled she was held in such high regard.
She commented: “My previous ward was Harefield and when I left the community was almost devastated. Even now I get calls asking me to come back to Harefield but I’ve always been determined to investigate and solve crime and not let criminals succeed in their activities.”
Sgt Doyle said she has many memories of her time in the village.
She said: “I remember a woman who on a regular basis was stealing elderly people’s handbags throughout Hillingdon and Harrow. We identified and searched for her for months and she was eventually found in Bournemouth. She was charged with 14 offences in harrow and around 40 offences in Bournemouth.”
In Pinner itself, Sgt Doyle was on hand at last year’s Pinner Panto evening when a car burst into flames to deal with the crowds. She also remembered a patrol in Mill Farm Close.
She said: “I came across a man who looked terrified when he saw me as if he was trying to hide something. When we went inside, we came across thousands of pounds in tools stolen from across the village. I arrested him on suspicion of burglary.”
Policing across London is in the headlines at the moment with plans to close several police stations. The future of Pinner is still up in the air but Sgt Doyle stressed she hopes it stays open.
She commented: “It is pivotal in the community and a point of contact where members of the public can see police immediately.”