A NEW officer has taken over the reins for policing across the Daventry area.
Chief Inspector Dave Spencer is the new district commander for Daventry and South Northants having started in the role in March.
He has been an officer for 23 years, working with the Metropolitan Police in London and Northamptonshire Police. But Mr Spencer, 42, grew up in the area and attended Guilsborough School, and now lives in a village near Daventry with his wife and two children.
Most recently he was staff officer to Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Mr Spencer said: “We’re currently in the biggest and most significant change to policing since Robert Peel and to be at the centre of that, in Westminster and in meetings with people like the Home Secretary, was a great learning experience.
“I asked for this post in Daventry and South Northants because I live in a village in the Daventry district and I want to make policing the best it can be in the area I live in.
“After two years away this is a fantastic opportunity to apply that learning to this area and keep people safe in the district.
“Daventry is a low crime area and we have a good track record in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Anti-social behaviour dropped by 22 per cent in the last year.
“The force is making great strides in tackling crime and I’m really impressed with the quality of the staff I’m inheriting.
“That said, there’s plenty of opportunity to do more.
“I want to see my officers be more visible and more engaged with the community. I want officers to spend as little time as possible in the station.
“But it’s not just about officers being seen out on the beat, but talking to people and understanding what concerns the public.
“We cover a large area, with scattered villages so when we’re out we can’t expect everyone to see us. But we can talk to people, shopkeepers, etc. Then we will start to leave a footprint and people will know we are there.
“That’s a two-way street; the more we talk to people, the more they will have confidence in us, and we understand what’s going on more too which helps us prevent crime and catch criminals.”