Inspector Sophia Adams has been appointed the new neighbourhood inspector for Welwyn Hatfield.
She has three sergeants, 21 police officers and 15 PCSOs reporting to her, who deal with neighbourhood issues affecting residents’ quality of life. She replaced Jeff Scott last month, who has moved to become the Safer Neighbourhood Inspector in Hemel Hempstead.
In a statement she said “I’m really enjoying being part of the Welwyn Hatfield team in this challenging, but rewarding role,” said Inspector Adams, who previously worked as a neighbourhood Sergeant in London Colney. “I have been using my intervention, detective and neighbourhood experience to further improve how the different policing teams can work together to tackle crime. The neighbourhood team have a lot of knowledge, which is useful for intervention officers as well as detectives, who may not have all the information about a problem family for example.
She added “But it is not just a policing problem, we are lucky to have an excellent relationship with the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership and can use their expertise to deal with anti-social behaviour. Inspector Scott has done such a great job building relationships with partner agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour and I will be building on this, as it’s the key to solving these kinds of problems.
“I will also be using the new anti-social behaviour legislation around Community Protection Notices and Community Protection Warnings in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to help nip some low level ASB in the bud. I’d like my officers to spend more time dealing with long-term problems and work more closely with Scorpion officers carrying out warrants and helping to catch our burglars, robbers and drug dealers.”