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New Inspector for Cheltenham Town Centre

Inspector Andy Poole has joined the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Division to take over responsibility of policing the Cheltenham Town Centre INA (Inspector Neighbourhood Area).

Inspector Andy Poole joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in 1998, and served as a patrol officer in Cheltenham Town Centre before promotion to Sergeant in 2001 took him to Cirencester. Having worked as a response Sergeant at Cirencester, Custody Sergeant at Stroud, Area Sergeant at Stonehouse and on the Community Safety Unit at Stroud Andy now returns to Cheltenham and looks forward to leading a motivated and dedicated team of officers at the Town Centre.

Inspector Andy Poole said, "Cheltenham is a lively, vibrant town with an attractive day and night time economy which we should all be proud of. It is my priority to ensure both locals and tourists alike can enjoy the town at all times of the day and night in the knowledge that they can do so safely and with confidence. As such I intend to lead my team of motivated and dedicated officers to prevent and detect crime and promote safety and reassurance in Cheltenham. I will make it my priority to meet with Councillors, retail managers and residents of the town to ensure that we all work together to keep Cheltenham a safe attractive town in which to live, work and visit."

Inspector Andy Poole came to Gloucestershire Constabulary from a commission in the Royal Navy. He passed out from Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth as a Seaman Officer in 1991. He served as an Officer of the Watch, Gunnery Officer and subsequently specialised as a Mine Warfare Officer, completing his service as First Lieutenant of HMS CHIDDINGFOLD in 1998 with the pending birth of his second child.

Immediately before his appointment as the Cheltenham Town Centre INA Inspector in January 2006, Inspector Andy Poole worked on the Community Safety Unit at Stroud. In this department he worked closely with members of the Stroud Area Crime and Disorder Partnership and had a diverse set of responsibilities such as anti-social behaviour, licensing, crime prevention, firearms licensing, neighbourhood watch and the Stroud area mobile police station. He took responsibility for the introduction of penalty notices for disorder and Safer Community Teams in the Cotswold and Stroud Division.

Inspector Andy Poole said, "Before my last posting my experience was in response policing, custody and as an area sergeant. As Community Safety Unit Sergeant I saw that when the police work in partnership with communities, councils, other agencies and services, long-term solutions to community issues could be achieved. When we stand together against crime and disorder, criminals and those who work to make the life of others a misery realise that they are the ones in the minority."

Insp Poole added; "I started my service as a Probationary Constable at Cheltenham Town Centre and I return in time to manage the move of the Cheltenham Town Centre Police Station from the Lansdown Road site to new premises in Ambrose Street in October this year. The premises currently identifiable with its blue fascia and 'CPS' logo will mean that there will be a Police Station in the centre of Cheltenham for the first time in forty years".

Inspector Andy Poole is married and lives in the Wotton-Under-Edge area with his wife Sally and young children Jack and Charlie.

Anyone who wishes to discuss the policing of Cheltenham Town Centre INA can contact Inspector Andy Poole at Cheltenham Police Station on Lansdown Road where he will be based from January 23 2006 until the move to the Ambrose street site in early autumn.

Posted : 19/01/2006 14:48:24

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