Communication is the key...
Hello and welcome to my new monthly column. I’m Chief Inspector Mike Hills, your local police commander here in Fenland.
I thought I would use this first column to tell you a little about myself and what I hope to use this regular feature for.
I have a total of 21 years’ service in the police, having initially started my policing career with the Met before transferring to Cambridgeshire in 1999.
Since then I’ve worked across the constabulary in many different roles before taking on this post of Area Commander in September 2014.
As the local commander, I have responsibility for all policing matters across the whole of Fenland.
I am very fortunate to have a great team of both police officers and staff working with me, all of whom are working hard on a daily basis to keep people safe.
I want to use these columns to focus on a specific issue or area of policing and this month I’d like to talk about engagement.
This is about listening to our communities, finding out what the important policing issues are for them, letting them know what we are doing about them and how successful we are being.
Engagement is all about how we communicate and this is important because when people and communities feel informed, this increases both trust and confidence in the police.
We do this in a number of different ways – such as officers talking to local communities when on patrol, attending community meetings and, more recently, through the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
You can find our accounts by searching for @FenCops on Twitter and Policing Wisbech, Policing March and Chatteris, or Policing Whittlesey on Facebook.
We also have a Facebook page for our Lithuanian community, called Wisbech Policija.
I hope to be able to keep you informed, let you know what is going on and give you confidence and reassurance that we are tackling the issues that matter.
Next month in this column I will be talking about our priorities for the next year and how we are going to deliver them.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to keeping you updated over the months ahead.