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New Hereford police chief aims for crime reassurance
HEREFORDSHIRE'S new city police chief says county crime figures have been improving year-on-year.
Superintendent Ivan Powell, who has come back to the county as divisional commander after time as West Mercia Police’s chief detective, has told the Hereford Times that a litany of low-level offending makes up much of what his officers deal with day-to-day.
He says Herefordshire is no better or – more importantly – no worse than any other county of similar size.
He accepts it's up to him to take a lead in presenting the evidence to make the case against any perceptions suggesting otherwise.
“Crime figures have been improving here year-on-year for some time,” he said.
“What we need running parallel to that improvement is a good understanding of what those specific fears and perceptions within communities are about – and outline what we’re doing, or can do, to dispel them.”