COLUMN: Keeping Amber Valley safe by Inspector Pat Howitt

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I am Section Inspector Pat Howitt and I am responsible for policing in Amber Valley.

I have been a police officer for 19 years and I have been in post at Amber Valley for 10 months now.

During this time, my officers and I have been working tirelessly to keep the communities of Amber Valley safe by working closely with local residents and our partner agencies.

I oversee Safer Neighbourhood teams in Alfreton Town and Rural, Belper Town, Codnor, Waingroves and Langley Mill, Duffield, Belper Rural and Holloway, Heage, Heanor and Loscoe, Kilburn, Quarndon and Kirk Langley, Ripley Town Centre, Shipley, Smalley and Horsley, Somercotes and Riddings, South Normanton and Pinxton.

Safer Neighbourhoods is all about you having a dedicated local team making your area safer, cleaner and a more pleasant place to live.

Every community across Derbyshire has a Safer Neighbourhood team and each team works in partnership with local agencies to address your concerns.

In Amber Valley, our partners include the borough council, the fire service, parish councils, the business community and other groups such as Neighbourhood Watch.

This is the first monthly column that I will be delivering and I think that it will be a brilliant opportunity for me to keep you all updated with the work that your police service is doing to target any issues and to deliver what the community needs.

Community intelligence is vital so if you have any information that you want to share with us regarding any issues such as anti-social behaviour, criminal activity or suspicious incidents please call us on 101 or contact via our force website.

This will go toward making Amber Valley an even safer place to work, visit and live.

With the darker nights now drawing in, I would ask that you be vigilant and take extra steps to stay safe.

Don’t leave items on display in your home or vehicle to entice an opportunist thief and always keep your belongings in a safe and secure place at all times.

I look forward to keeping you updated on policing across Amber Valley in the coming months.

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