New focus in fight against crime for Kettering police base

Inspector Neil Dorothy at the Pytchley Specialist Operations Base in Kettering
Inspector Neil Dorothy at the Pytchley Specialist Operations Base in Kettering
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Police say they hope to raise public awareness of a base in Kettering which will be used as a focus for operations in the north of the county.

The Pytchley Specialist Operations Base, just off junction nine of the A14, has been open for more than 20 years, primarily housing armed response vehicles and taking care of roads including the A14, the A6, the A45 and the A43.

But Inspector Neil Dorothy, who has been stationed there since last month, says he hopes to bring a new focus to the base, and will support colleague on a whole range of other operations in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden as well as Daventry and South Northants.

An automatic number plate recognition monitoring device is situated at the base to track down drivers without valid insurance, while police also focus on the “fatal four” of the roads – speeding, driving while using a phone handset, drink-driving and not wearing seatbelts.

Insp Dorothy said: “It’s important for people to understand we are here and not just looking after the A14, but also working in partnership with local safer community teams.

“Since April 1, the use of this building changed considerably. There hasn’t been an inspector here almost since it opened.

“It’s about us raising the profile and using the resources here better.”