JUST two months into his new role as the new Lewes District Commander, Chief Inspector Jason Tingley has already seen a drop in crime across the district.
Fighting crime is exactly what continues to make this energetic officer tick after last week celebrating 22 years as a serving Sussex Police officer.
Chief Inspector Tingley said: “From a very early age all I wanted to be was a police officer just like my best friend’s dad who worked the beat in Hastings and helped devise the ‘say no to strangers’ campaign.
“When growing up I loved all the 1970s cop shows like Starsky and Hutch, The Sweeney, and The Professionals.
“Although my policing background has mainly been in CID, I have to say that I’m really enjoying being back in uniform as Lewes District Commander. It is a real honour to have been given the opportunity to work with a wonderful team of staff and officers and help police our local communities.
“I get a real buzz from the variety of work that my new role entails and the really hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the public safe. I just love that no two days are ever the same.
“For me, policing is all about giving the best service to the community and sometimes that entails everyone mucking in as a team.
“My aim is to ensure that we continue to deliver a high quality policing service to those who live and work in Lewes district, as well as building upon the strong partnership arrangements that currently exist. I want my officers to always have their fingers on the pulse, so that we can continue to deliver a service that the local community wants and needs.
“I’ve been out and about getting to know my officers and partners but it is equally important that I meet regularly with the local community and I am continuing this by being part of the ‘Quality Streets’ events.”
Chief Inspector Tingley continued: “Lewes town centre has been hit recently by a spree of high street thefts committed by organised crime groups living outside Sussex. I am pleased to say that we have made arrests and local officers have been informing the local community of how to avoid being a victim and what to be on the lookout for.
“Neighbourhood officers have been responding to concerns around graffiti tagging in Lewes and identified two teenage boys responsible for the majority of the graffiti. Under the supervision of Lewes District Council and local officers the boys have been removing the graffiti as part of Community Resolution, which is a relatively new approach to deal with low level offences such as criminal damage. In agreement with the victim, offenders offer an apology and repair the damage they’ve caused, which has proved an effective way of resolving this type of crime in Lewes.
“My advice for anyone who sees any suspicious activity going on in their area is to call 999 and if you have concerns about ongoing crime please speak to your local officer.”
To find out more about Community Messaging, a service where you can receive regular updates about incidents in your area or local meetings you may wish to attend, visit the Sussex Police website at www.sussex.police.co.uk or stop and ask your local officer.