Acting Ch Supt Ian Larnder tells how Newham police is changing at the top


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Newham police has undergone a significant change at senior level.

Last week, we said goodbye to Ch Supt Rob Jones, who was selected to move to New Scotland Yard as the Commissioner’s staff officer.

Rob was saddened to leave Newham but after two years here he leaves us in good shape.

We have achieved strong crime reductions and very positive customer satisfaction levels.

We have also lost Det Supt Helen Millichap and we wish her well as she takes up her appointment as borough commander of Greenwich.

Newham’s newly ­appointed borough commander, Ch Supt Tony Nash will be with us early in April.

Until Tony’s arrival, I will be the acting borough commander. There is lots of change continuing within Newham police as we continue to establish the local policing model and become more effective at what we do.

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With one month to go ­before the end of this financial year, we have achieved a significant reduction in the number of victims of crime in our borough.

We have had 4,000 less victims of crime than last year. That reduction is made up of less burglary victims, less robbery victims, less victims of theft and less victims of criminal damage.

We have also seen a ­reduction in anti-social behaviour across Newham, with over 1,000 less incidents being reported.

Not only have we seen less victims of crime and anti-scocial behaviour but we have made huge improvements in our customer satisfaction levels. Newham can boast the second best level in the Met.

The focus for this month will be to increase bringing offenders to justice, specifically with regards to ­domestic violence and household burglaries.

Reports of domestic violence have increased this year, however, we take this as a sign that people are more confident to report such abuse, so we can bring offenders before the courts.

You will also see posters and information spread around, highlighting our work in making Newham a safer place to live, work and visit.

I look forward to my brief spell in charge and we all look forward to being even better in all we do for the communities of Newham.

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