Melton and Rutland welcome a familiar face back to the area with new Commander

Born and bred in Melton, Inspector Lindsey Booth is back in the neighbourhood policing area – but this time as the officer in charge.

To welcome Insp Booth means a goodbye to outgoing NPA Commander Audrey Danvers, now a Chief Inspector for local policing.

Insp Lindsey Booth (left) and Insp Audrey Danvers. Photo: Leicestershire Police.

Inspector Booth, who joined the force in 1995, said: “It feels good to be back in Melton and Rutland. I’ve been based here on many occasions throughout my service and I think I have worked on every beat as a young officer across the whole neighbourhood policing area.

“I live locally so I have a vested interest in making the area the best it can be. I have links in with the local communities and partners and I’m looking forward to building on them.”

Insp Booth was working in the NPA until last June as the deputy commander working under C/Insp Danvers so knows the dynamic of the team.

“I was there for 18 months as the deputy, working with the teams across different shifts, everyone knows me so I’m hoping to build on that relationship with them.”

Wanting to get straight into the issues she knows are affecting the community, Insp Booth said: “I want to make a big impact on rural crime, engaging with the community, along with addressing the ASB in Melton town centre and continue to work on the good work already going on in Rutland to reduce speeding.

C/Insp Danvers is taking on a new challenge after almost two years at newly formed Melton and Rutland NPA under a re-structure of the force in March 2020.

“I’ve loved my time in Melton and Rutland and coming in at the time I did, meant I had a lot more control over the team and what resources I used where, depending on demand – which was a great way to come in.

“The whole team has such great local knowledge over the two areas and are all very dedicated to the area and making it as good as it can be – I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“It was a strange time with Covid-19 hitting just as I took over which made it a strange transition, but everyone worked so well together, making the best of the situation, getting to grips with the new Covid regulations.

“Setting up new working practices with partners during this time was challenging but ultimately very rewarding we were all in the same boat with having to stay apart and we found our way through, keeping the community at the centre of our thoughts.”

Commenting on the change on social media, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns, said: "Really looking forward to working with Lindsey - congratulations on your new role protecting your very own community.

Thank you to Audrey @MeltonRutlNPA for all the support you've given our residents and for caring deeply about make us even safer and your many successes."

C/Insp Danvers will be working in the local policing and partnerships directorate.

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