Top cop wants public intelligence to help reduce crime further
February 26, 2013
Bracknell's new head of policing wants people around the borough to work with officers and help drive crime down further.
Chief Inspector Dave Gilbert, local policing area (LPA) commander for Bracknell Forest, believes the key to continued reductions in crime is engaging with the public.
He said: “Our work is driven by intelligence so anything we can do to raise intelligence will be good.
“We do react to any intelligence we get with preventative patrols, such as the rave reduction patrols we’ve been holding.
“If anyone has any information about upcoming raves or anything else, or if the public are concerned about anyone or anything they should call us. We can only react to the things we’re aware of.”
He added: “I’ve got a motto I’ve been asking everyone to work by and that’s to treat everyone as their own family. I ask them to imagine it’s their family which is the victim, whether it’s burglary or something else, and to give them the service we would want our own family to receive.
“Bracknell is a lovely place to work and the team here has a very strong relationship and I’m confident we’re already providing a great service.”
Ch Insp Gilbert, who policed Windsor and Maidenhead for four years, took on his new role at the end of January and has been out about on patrols and learning as much as he can about the area.
He said: “I want to show the people of Bracknell that crime is very low and we are working as a partnership with the council to keep it that way.
“Next to Wokingham, our crime levels are lower but, according to the polls, Wokingham is still one of the best places to live in the country.
“Perhaps when the town centre regeneration is finished people will be able to see how great Bracknell is.”