THE new Chief Inspector for Southall said he wants to make the area a ‘difficult place’ for criminals to spend time in.
Colin Wingrove said he wants to bring the community together and do hands-on work tackling illegal activity on his patch.
Mr Wingrove already has experience of working in the area, having occupied a variety of roles over the course of five years. He comes to Southall having at the Met’s Central Command based in Lambeth.
And the 40-year-old married father of two, who lives in Berkshire, said: “Southall is probably one of my favourite places to work, owing to the diversity of the area and the challenges that come with it. It’s a completely unique and vibrant place.”
Mr Wingrove said his role is special as he is working not just as a police officer but also as one of the people heading up the Safer Southall Project, a Local Strategic Partnership initiative designed to improve life for residents and businesses.
He said: “A lot of the problems that Southall has, like drugs or prostitution or immigration offences, did not appear overnight. Therefore, it won’t be possible to solve them overnight either.
“But I would like to bring people together so that by tackling the smaller issues one at a time, that will enable us to collectively make some sort of difference.
“I want officers out on the streets looking for criminals, disrupting their activities, engaging with people and taking a pro-active approach to making Southall a difficult place for criminals to be.
Mr Wingrove said police have already been out clamping down on persistent ‘problem issues’ for Southall like drugs and prostitution. The end result has been an 11 per cent drop in crime across the whole of Southall.
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