New officers in charge at Grantham Police Station

District commander Mark Housley and Inspector Phil Taylor.

District commander Mark Housley and Inspector Phil Taylor.

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A NEW sector inspector and district commander took up their posts at Grantham Police Station on Monday as part of the county-wide reshuffle, which is intended to make the force more efficient.

Inspector Phil Taylor has worked for Lincolnshire Police for 23 years.

He started his career in Grantham and is glad to be back.

He said: “I’m quite pleased and excited about the prospect of working in Grantham again. I’ve come full circle.

“I’m ready to get struck into it.”

Insp Taylor is very pleased with the foundations that were put in place by his predecessor Nigel Storey.

Especially the strong team of special constables who help police on a voluntary basis.

Another officer who started his career in Grantham is also returning to the town. Chief Inspector Mark Housley has been appointed the District Commander for South and North Kesteven.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be back. My job is to support the inspectors.

“I want to understand what the priorities are and to support their needs.

“As an organisation we will be focused on serious crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder.”

Chief Insp Housley has clear ideas about how he wants policing in Grantham to improve after the reshuffle.

He said: “What we need to do is make sure we recognise and respond to the community’s wishes and needs.

“I have two pet hates that really irritate me - people who get drunk and behave in an unacceptable manner and anti-social behaviour.

“People should have a bit of respect.”

Most of the changes that will be implemented due to budget cuts will take place on May 31.

But despite the loss of 160 police staff over the next financial year Chief Insp Housley hopes the reshuffle will mean there are more visible ‘bobbies on the beat’.

l If you would like to give feedback to the policing team e-mail mark.housley@lincs.pnn.police.uk