Home-coming for Corby’s top cop

Insp Julie Mead, left, with Sgt Wendy Barron and Charmain Taylor at Pen Green in 2012

Insp Julie Mead, left, with Sgt Wendy Barron and Charmain Taylor at Pen Green in 2012

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A senior police officer has said ‘it’s like coming home’ as she returns to take control of the Corby sector.

Insp Julie Mead spent 10 years in Corby as a PC and then a sergeant, but she recently returned as sector inspector, five years since her last stint there.

Officers in Corby will be using these to tackle off-road bikes in the area

Officers in Corby will be using these to tackle off-road bikes in the area

She is taking on the Corby role as well as continuing as sector inspector for East Northamptonshire for now.

Insp Mead said: “It’s like coming home.

“Most of the people are still the same so it was just like welcome back and everyone was happy to see me.

“The partnership work we have got in Corby is brilliant, it’s a real team effort, and much the same as it is in East Northants.

“It’s been brilliant getting to know David Oliver, East Northants Council’s chief executive, and I have learned a lot from him about lots of different things.

“Coming back to Corby, there’s lessons that I have learned over there that I can bring into effect over here.”

Insp Mead said while some things have changed since she was last in Corby, the majority of it is the same.

One statistic she was delighted with was that anti-social behaviour in Corby is down and that public confidence in Corby in the police and council is the highest in the county.

She said: “One of my aims is to keep that public confidence high and to make sure that we work as a team.”

Insp Mead is keen to refresh old working relationships, such as with Corby Council and the Corby Community Safety Partnership, as well as making new ones.

She said: “I am looking forward to reconnecting with all the local council members, [town centre manager] Dan Pickard has already made me feel welcome and I am really keen to get back into the schools.”

She only started the new role a few weeks but has already been out and about, including to a Corby Pubwatch meeting, and she is keen to get out to many of the tenants and residents groups.

Looking ahead, violence and domestic abuse are two areas which she wants to tackle, especially focusing on repeat victims of domestic abuse and giving people the confidence to report it.

She is also keen to look at ways of tackling a problem with partner agencies before it reaches crisis point.

This type of partnership working has been vital in the work she has recently been doing with Wellingborough inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd to tackle gang problems in Wellingborough and Rushden.

The Jam Team is another initiative she was involved with when she launched it with Ann-Marie Lawson in Corby several years ago and she is looking forward to working with them again.

She said: “I am very pro-young people so I am really looking forward to being back here with the Jam Team.

“This is the only police area with the detached youth work.

“Ann-Marie and her team are absolutely fantastic.”

Insp Mead’s time in East Northants has seen a range of initiatives launched and she is keen to bring some of them back to Corby.

She said the cross-border team has already done some good work in the Corby area and she wants to replicate some of the work she has overseen in the rural parts of East Northants.

Her aim is to set up community hubs in different locations around the town so officers can be accessible to people across Corby.

She said: “Corby is a fantastic town, I feel like I am a Corby girl. I married into Corby so it’s great being back here.

“I have got really good support in my sergeants, we have spent a lot of time working out strategies so just because I am not in a particular place, that place is still going to run the same.”

They have already got plans in place for big Corby events, including the Stevens funfair earlier this month, the carnival and Highland Gathering.

And one of the issues her team have already started to tackle is motorcycle nuisance, a problem across the town but particularly in the Kingswood and Lincoln areas.

Officers recently carried out high- visibility patrols and they will be tackling it in the coming months.

And while it is still early days, Insp Mead is looking forward to getting her teeth into the issues now affecting her old stomping ground.

She said: “I am really chuffed to be here, it’s like coming home.”