Worksop: First colmun by new inspector Phil Davies

You may have already seen me around the place over the last couple of weeks. Forgive me for not formally introducing myself until now.

It’s like being the new kid at school at the moment, so many people to meet.

Hello, I am Phil Davies and am your new neighbourhood inspector for West Bassetlaw.

I bring to Worksop a wealth of experience in a number of different areas of policing, which I think this will serve me well in this new role.

I joined the force in 1988 and in my early years worked on neighbourhood and response teams in Carlton, Sneinton and St Ann’s.

Since then I have worked on proactive project teams, operational support units and for a time I headed up the force’s hostage rescue team and the VIP protection team - I have protected every member of the royal family, except the young Princes, during their visits to Notts. I have also spent a significant amount of time working in and around Bassetlaw supporting neighbourhood initiatives and night time economy policing.

In more recent years I have been the inspector at the dog section and I was responsible for researching and selecting new protective kit and batons now worn by officers.

One victim of crime is too many on my watch and that’s why my focus is on preventing and disrupting crime across the full spectrum. It is just as important that offenders of ‘low level’ crime such as damage, shop theft and antisocial behaviour feel the same presence and pressure from us as the burglars, drug dealers and violent offenders. Let’s find them and flush them out.

With this approach, and through coordinated work with partners, I believe we can, more often than not, nip crime in the bud before it escalates.

I live in Mansfield with my wife, three young girls and new addition Barney the cocker spaniel. My wife spent some of her childhood in Bassetlaw and we have family here so I am very familiar with my new territory.

Inspector Steve Cartwright has left big shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge and eager to get stuck in. I’m not here to reinvent the wheel. There is a good, hard working team here who I am looking forward to working with them.

I am also looking forward to working with you. Don’t underestimate the impact you can have on crime. Call in suspicious incidents around your homes, businesses and vehicles, and report all crime.

Call 999 in an emergency, or call 101. You can also phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.