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“By focusing on the little things, we can tackle the issues that matter” - new police chief for Great Yarmouth

17:10 07 May 2013

Chief inspector Kathryn Thacker, now overseeing the Great Yarmouth borough

Chief inspector Kathryn Thacker, now overseeing the Great Yarmouth borough

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The new police chief inspector in Great Yarmouth has been out on patrol across the borough to find out more about the community she now oversees.

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Chief inspector Kathryn Thacker, who has been a police officer in Norfolk for 17 years, has taken over from chief inspector Stuart Armes who has moved to oversee the South Norfolk district.

Ch Insp Thacker has been a PC and sergeant in the Earlham area of Norwich, a detective constable and sergeant in investigative and covert policing roles, a custody sergeant, an inspector at Bowthorpe and Costessey and a detective inspector within Norwich CID and Covert Operations for Norfolk and Suffolk.

After being promoted to chief inspector, she was posted to an operational role at Great Yarmouth last month.

“I’m enjoying the chance to get out of the office and have been on patrols in rural areas, out in the town on foot and will be going out on public order patrols soon to keep in touch with what’s happening at street level,” she said.

“The efforts of officers here have been reflected in reductions in crime and increased detections of offences over the past year and my job is to build on this and keep control of both crime and anti-social behaviour levels.

“The officers know their business and the community and I’ve been seeing how it works while I’ve been out on patrol recently.

“Although I used to come to Great Yarmouth on a regular basis in some of my previous roles, and I enjoy visiting outside of work to walk my dog in the area, the last few weeks have been getting to know all the new faces and to learn more about policing in the borough,” she added.

Speaking about crime prevention in the borough, Ch Insp Thacker said: “We are helped by close working relationships with partner agencies in the borough.

“CCTV coverage is exceptionally good, regarding both the quality of equipment and the dedication of staff.

“The Community Alcohol Partnership continues its valuable work and Family Focus has just been introduced in the Great Yarmouth area so this will see police and other agencies working together with families, intervening at an early stage to support the individual’s needs and reduce community problems.

“In Yarmouth there is also a very good offender management team who work with some of the most prolific offenders with the aim of tackling their behaviour.

“Individuals quickly learn that police attention is largely within their control - with a high level of engagement and interventions such as voluntary drug testing and tagging they are supported away from criminal activity. However, once their behaviour starts to affect the community, if they return to committing crime and anti-social behaviour, then they can expect to be the subject of active police attention, leading to arrest and prosecution if appropriate.

“We won’t tolerate a minority of individuals spoiling the community for the remainder of the public. By focusing on the little things, we can successfully tackle the issues that really matter.”

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14 comments

  • Looks like her projected fleeting visit to Gt Yarmouth will be just another line to add to her CV. Over the years the number of front line police officers in the Borough has continued to fall as a result of the force having to find officers for their ever increasing numbers of so called specialist squads. We no longer have the all round officer capable of doing most things. Which is why you can travel from one end of the county to the other and no see a police officer. Let alone see one out and about on the beat in the Borough of Gt Yarmouth engaging with the public. If she really wants to do some good she needs to get a grip of the many drug dealers who blight our estates. And it would be nice if someone actually did something about the information you put in and get back to you with what they have done. That will be a first.

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    BG

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • "ThePresence" What is the relevance of your questions to this article?

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    Tootyfrooty

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Chief Inspector??! She looks young enough to still be a Cadet!!

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    Boadicea 1959

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • If that's true then our new Chief Inspector is paying us lip service only and all she is advocating is frippery. She's then nothing more than an expensive model for epaulettes. Personally I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and at least a reasonable time for an answer to materialize.

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    ThePresence

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Why don't you put a request in through Freedom of Information ThePresence i'm sure that will provide your answers

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    DJ

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Prison should be soul destroying brutal and humiliating, sentences should be standardized such as a year for every burglary and twenty for rape. People from abroad and their entire extended families should be deported within a week with no appeal, crime would drop like a stone.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Stop picking on the poor motorists and put rapists and kiddie killers in jail for life - with no parole - take all their money and possessions away from them - that would be a true deterrent and get you some more votes into the bargain.

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    A Resident

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Two questions. How many arrests are there per day in the parish of Great Yarmouth and how many of those do not have English as a first language?

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    ThePresence

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • @thepresence you will never get an answer to that question but from my experience of living in the center of Yarmouth it's immigrants from other parts of the UK that seem to be causing the problems.It's an open secret that councils from various northern cities have shipped their "difficult" families to other towns and Yarmouth is on the list due to the availability of cheap rental properties.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Why don't you put a request in through Freedom of Information ThePresence i'm sure that will provide your answers

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    DJ

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • A Resident. Its not the motorists it is the self important idiots who drive 4 x 4's and the "warrior" pickups, all with tinted windows who are on the phone and think they can get away with anything as they believe no one can see them. Look at those with company names on the side that are on the Harfreys and Gapton estates. I can name and show you at least 5 who regularly flout the law, and think they are above the law

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    "V"

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • @thepresence you will never get an answer to that question but from my experience of living in the center of Yarmouth it's immigrants from other parts of the UK that seem to be causing the problems.It's an open secret that councils from various northern cities have shipped their "difficult" families to other towns and Yarmouth is on the list due to the availability of cheap rental properties.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • As previously stated, I'm sure I know the answer i was hoping for a public answer from the new Chief Inspector or her representative.

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    ThePresence

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • It's a rhetorical question, I am very well aware of the answers and feel quite bemused that there is a focus on "The little things" and still nobody talks about the elephant in the room. I was given the information by several different serving officers at different times and all were surprisingly candid and close to each other in answers. You think these questions are hard wait for the next one if i get an answer. ..

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    ThePresence

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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