Ask me anything!

First published in Police Blogs

Well this is something new for me. My two children have got me into the world of Facebook although I am not quite on Twitter yet and I am looking at getting a new mobile that has ‘gadgets’ on it! It is more difficult now as they have both left home and I can’t just say ‘what do I do with…….?’ I think that it would be best to start with who I am and how I got here. I am the Worcester City Geographic Commander. A very grand title – which basically means that I am the Local Policing Inspector for the whole of Worcester. My teams are all the Local Policing Teams in Worcester and the now expanded City Centre Team.

I joined West Mercia over 30 years ago and spent my first two years on foot patrol in Shrewsbury. In those days you did not go anywhere near a vehicle until you had completed your probation, unless some kind soul picked me up to get warm on a really cold day and then just as I was nicely toasted – would throw me back out!

I transferred to Droitwich when I got married and then, after having a baby, had to leave. In those days (I sound like my mother) there wasn’t the child care around or work/life balance as there is now, and not having family around me, a husband who worked shifts, there was no other decision to make.

I rejoined the police when I could and from there worked between Droitwich, Worcester and our HQs.

I really do not know where the time has gone, especially when I look at my children who are now adults and are successfully making their own way in this world.

Well enough of reminiscing, ask me anything that you want to – as long as it’s polite of course. I am known for my honesty (which does sometimes get me into trouble!) and if I don’t know the answer I will do my best to find out. Enjoy the upcoming festivities – be careful – be good – be safe!

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7:31am Thu 10 Nov 11

DAVID1875 says...

Inspector Heritage
in August this year Peter Luff MP met with one of your colleagues Inspector Kent and a senior official of a local council to decide on action on illegal traveller encampments following current and historical problems of such sites affecting the local community.I believe another local MP Sajid Javid has already proposed an offence of intentional trespass to be made a criminal offence.I quote Peter Luff after that meeting: "the police and council will now consult with their colleagues elsewhere in the county before bringing forward their proposals for detailed changes to the law." Please can you tell residents via this page if these proposals have been finalised yet?Can you also confirm if another agreement from that meeting has been carried out i.e."for police to produce detailed information to parish councils and residents stating the powers available to them(the police)"in order to deal with such offences.Presumeably this would be specific powers under sections 61 and 62 of the public order act to remove travellers from illegal encampments.
Inspector Heritage in August this year Peter Luff MP met with one of your colleagues Inspector Kent and a senior official of a local council to decide on action on illegal traveller encampments following current and historical problems of such sites affecting the local community.I believe another local MP Sajid Javid has already proposed an offence of intentional trespass to be made a criminal offence.I quote Peter Luff after that meeting: "the police and council will now consult with their colleagues elsewhere in the county before bringing forward their proposals for detailed changes to the law." Please can you tell residents via this page if these proposals have been finalised yet?Can you also confirm if another agreement from that meeting has been carried out i.e."for police to produce detailed information to parish councils and residents stating the powers available to them(the police)"in order to deal with such offences.Presumeably this would be specific powers under sections 61 and 62 of the public order act to remove travellers from illegal encampments. DAVID1875
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2:25pm Thu 10 Nov 11

Inspector Janet Heritage says...

Dear DAVID1875, thank you for your query. I have spoken to my colleague, Inspector Kent and he is best placed to answer your query as he was the officer in the meeting. He will reply on my blog.
Dear DAVID1875, thank you for your query. I have spoken to my colleague, Inspector Kent and he is best placed to answer your query as he was the officer in the meeting. He will reply on my blog. Inspector Janet Heritage
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4:55pm Thu 10 Nov 11

Inspector Sean Kent says...

DAVID1875 wrote:
Inspector Heritage in August this year Peter Luff MP met with one of your colleagues Inspector Kent and a senior official of a local council to decide on action on illegal traveller encampments following current and historical problems of such sites affecting the local community.I believe another local MP Sajid Javid has already proposed an offence of intentional trespass to be made a criminal offence.I quote Peter Luff after that meeting: "the police and council will now consult with their colleagues elsewhere in the county before bringing forward their proposals for detailed changes to the law." Please can you tell residents via this page if these proposals have been finalised yet?Can you also confirm if another agreement from that meeting has been carried out i.e."for police to produce detailed information to parish councils and residents stating the powers available to them(the police)"in order to deal with such offences.Presumeably this would be specific powers under sections 61 and 62 of the public order act to remove travellers from illegal encampments.
David1875. After the meeting a letter proposing a number of changes and enhancements to the current legislation was sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governement, by the Six constituency MPs for Worcestershire. The content of that letter is still being considered. In relation to the pamphlet, this is in preparation. It was not publicised as a purely police produced document, as often the solution to an unauthorised encampment is found in the use of powers available to the council, police and landowner working in partnership. This pamphlett should be available in the the first half of 2012.
[quote][p][bold]DAVID1875[/bold] wrote: Inspector Heritage in August this year Peter Luff MP met with one of your colleagues Inspector Kent and a senior official of a local council to decide on action on illegal traveller encampments following current and historical problems of such sites affecting the local community.I believe another local MP Sajid Javid has already proposed an offence of intentional trespass to be made a criminal offence.I quote Peter Luff after that meeting: "the police and council will now consult with their colleagues elsewhere in the county before bringing forward their proposals for detailed changes to the law." Please can you tell residents via this page if these proposals have been finalised yet?Can you also confirm if another agreement from that meeting has been carried out i.e."for police to produce detailed information to parish councils and residents stating the powers available to them(the police)"in order to deal with such offences.Presumeably this would be specific powers under sections 61 and 62 of the public order act to remove travellers from illegal encampments.[/p][/quote]David1875. After the meeting a letter proposing a number of changes and enhancements to the current legislation was sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governement, by the Six constituency MPs for Worcestershire. The content of that letter is still being considered. In relation to the pamphlet, this is in preparation. It was not publicised as a purely police produced document, as often the solution to an unauthorised encampment is found in the use of powers available to the council, police and landowner working in partnership. This pamphlett should be available in the the first half of 2012. Inspector Sean Kent
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10:28pm Thu 10 Nov 11

DAVID1875 says...

Thank you to you both,Inspector Heritage and Inspector Kent,for your reassuring replies.I hope your blogs are successful.
Thank you to you both,Inspector Heritage and Inspector Kent,for your reassuring replies.I hope your blogs are successful. DAVID1875
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