The newly-appointed Local Police Area Commander and her deputy have emphasised their commitment to delivering excellent service to residents.
Superintendent Kath Lowe, of Thames Valley Police, who has taken over the role as Local Police Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to the Banbury Guardian last Thursday.
She was joined by her deputy, chief inspector Julian Collinson, who joined the force last week straight from the London Metropolitan Police.
Supt Lowe has been in the force for 23 years and has worked in every police station in the area in various roles spanning patrol, neighbourhood, CID and protecting vulnerable people.
She said her priorities are very much on par with those of her predecessor, Supt Colin Paine, who has left the role to oversee the introduction of a new code of ethics within the force.
Supt Lowe, who took over the role in October said: “Thames Valley Police’s priorities are about reducing and solving burglaries, preventing house burglaries and violent crimes as well as child sexual exploitation.”
Her deputy added: “It’s about preventing crime, reducing crime, increasing public confidence and delivering the best possible frontline service. For me, it is all about the service delivery.”
Although mainly office based, the pair will aim to spend time out on the frontline, including being involved in night time policing.
Ch Insp Collinson, who worked in the Met’s road and transport policing command, said: “It’s about getting to know the community.”
Both realise the threat of cuts to the force but Supt Lowe is confident Thames Valley is in a good place.
She said: “I think Thames Valley Police have come through the cuts so far in really good shape. We need to look at really different ways of working to make the best use of the people we’ve got.”
She added the priority is to protect frontline policing.
On a personal level, both spend a lot of time keeping fit – both physically and mentally. Supt Lowe is training for the Coniston Marathon in June by running eight to ten miles every morning and her deputy is a former wrestler who regularly attends the gym.
Supt Lowe is also completing a masters degree in Political Philosophy with the Open University.