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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