Officers host US counterparts

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POLICE officers from the USA have visited Daventry to find out how crime is fought in the county.

The 14 officers from Minnesota, are all enrolled on a public safety administration course at St Mary’s University in the USA and visited Daventry on Friday last week.

It offered an opportunity to share information and ideas for tackling crime as well as developing international relations.

They have been looked after by Paul Valentine, temporary inspector for the Daventry Safer Community Team and PCSO Matt Taylor.

Lora Setter, program director at St Mary’s, said: “The officers are currently studying for their Masters Degree.

“It has been a brilliant experience and Northamptonshire Police have made us feel so welcome.

“We were asked to carry out a review of their methods and give them feedback on what they could be doing better and there was really nothing.

“We have been really well looked after by Paul and Matt.”

The officers had arrived on Monday last week and stayed until Saturday and it has been a useful exercise for the police to learn.

Temporary inspector Valentine said: “There were several things that we wanted to get out of this trip.

“We wanted to share and pool all of the information that we have. We also wanted them to cast a set of fresh eyes over our methods and also to develop friendship with our American colleagues.

“All three of those aims have been achieved and it has been an absolute pleasure to have them over here.

“I am very hopeful that some of our officers will be able to go over to the United States in the new year.”