Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Police to prioritise rural crime

THE new man in charge of policing in South Oxfordshire says tackling rural crime is his priority.

THE new man in charge of policing in South Oxfordshire says tackling rural crime is his priority.

Acting Supt Jim O’Ryan succeeds Andy Boyd as South and Vale commander for Thames Valley Police.

The 49-year-old joined the force in 1991, originally as a beat officer in Oxford.

Supt O’Ryan said: “I spent time in South Oxfordshire as an inspector and thoroughly enjoyed that, so coming back is something I’m delighted to do. My role is to work with communities to reduce crime and address their concerns.

“Communities feel vulnerable to rural crime and Andy did some great work which resulted in a reduction in that.



“One way I hope to build on that is to attach special constables to the rural crime teams. That will give us more boots on the ground and improve our responses.”

He added: “I will spend time across the area and Henley is no exception to that. I’m aware of the concerns of being tucked away in a corner of an area and that can make people feel vulnerable.

“The people of Henley have my assurance that they will get as much attention as anywhere else.”



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