VIDEO: Inspector speaks about being Worksop’s police chief

Inspector Phil Davies has only been Worksop’s police chief for six months.

By Sam Chetwynd
Friday, 1st November 2013, 3:10 pm
Inspector Phil Davies
Inspector Phil Davies

But during that time he has already stamped his mark on the job - notably carrying out closures of two crack houses in the town and numerous drugs raids.

Although his career has been mainly focused in operational policing in Nottingham, he is enjoying the challenges Worksop is bringing and feels his team is already making a difference.

“It’s is going very well, things are developing and I’m bringing in my own style. Things are coming together and the team are working hard,” said Insp Davies.

Inspector Phil Davies

Insp Davies’ background is in specialist operations, and it is the skills and contacts he has built up during his 25 year career that he is keen to bring to Worksop to enhance neighbourhood policing.

“It’s about being out there engaging with vulnerable people, engaging with the community and using legislations to enforce against those who commit crimes.”

“We’ve recently had the first two crack house closures in 10 years in the area.”

“These show very clearly that there is a willingness by everybody to get involved, a willingness by the courts to support us, a willingness by the community to provide information and a willingness from councillors and elected members to support our activity.”

Violence on the streets, particular during the evenings, is an issue that Insp Davies is keen to tackle.

And police figures have found that the methods, which include working with partners such as Bassetlaw Council, are proving successful.

He said: “We are working with the council looking at locations and standards of behaviour and whether we can enforce that.”

“This is violence not necessarily in bars, but on the streets and is linked to the night time economy and often substance misuse.”

“It is about saying to people, ‘ yes go out and enjoy yourself’ but this is what is accepted in terms of behaviour.”

“It is also about making sure that we are robust and proportionate with people.”

“There is the vast majority of people that just go out and enjoy themselves at night, but then there are the few that don’t.”

Insp Davies said his team would continue to work with its partners, such as the council to make Bassetlaw a safer place to live.

“It’s a great community. There is obviously some serious work that has been done by our partners in terms of regeneration - around housing, employment, opportunities to socialise and entertainment, such as the work done around the cinema which is fantastic.”

“I really want to support our partners in what they do. I really want to work with them to make this a better place to live,” he added.

Click on the video above to see Insp Davies’ message to the residents of Worksop.