Law and order

A Police Chief Inspector

Illus. By Rob Davies

The police chief inspector in charge of one of the two areas in Powys spent much of his day on September 24th dealing with a problem very much at the forefront of public concerns during the summer of 2002.

Today I spent a great deal of time liasing with the local press in relation to fears expressed by parents regarding a possible paedophile living in a house near a primary school. These fears were enhanced by a cameraman seen taking photographs in suspicious circumstances (turned out to be a Powys CC employee recording data for this Diary Day exercise!)

A great deal of time spent in meetings with Sex Offender Monitoring staff to assess individual and arranging multi agency public protection panel meeting to get views from Probation Service, Education, Social Services etc. The enquiry turned out to be relatively harmless.

All police officers have to undergo regular assessment for their development and a two hour period was spent interviewing two officers in relation to their objectives for the year ahead and providing their evidence of achieving objectives from the past year. With the prospect of performance related pay coming in 2003 police officers have to show how they are measuring up to providing the public with the policing plan priorities set out by the management team each year.

Meeting held with my area Inspectors in the afternoon to examine the policy problems and action plans to deal with them as relate to the areas of Welshpool, Newtown and Llandrindod Wells. Tasking of staff carried out to agreed targets for the week ahead.


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