New patch in East Northamptonshire for sector commander Julie Mead

Safer Women, Corby, Pen Green Centre,  free women's safety session  l-r Inspector Julie Mead, Sgt  Wendy Barron, talking to Charmain Taylor. ''Friday 16th March 2012 ENGNNL00120120316172727
Safer Women, Corby, Pen Green Centre, free women's safety session l-r Inspector Julie Mead, Sgt Wendy Barron, talking to Charmain Taylor. ''Friday 16th March 2012 ENGNNL00120120316172727
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She may be taking on a new beat, but this police officer is bringing a wealth of experience with her after 23 years in the force.

Inspector Julie Mead has worked in towns across the county and risen through the ranks, but she is raring to go with her new challenge as sector commander for East Northamptonshire.

She only started the new role in January, but already has lots of plans in the pipeline for policing the towns and villages stretching from Oundle to Rushden.

Insp Mead, who joined the police when she was 18, said: “I like a challenge. When I got promoted to inspector I asked to come to East Northamptonshire.

“I want to be here and want to stay, I am really keen to be here.

“Even with me only being here a month, I have managed to meet a lot of partners and meet with a lot of people from East Northamptonshire Council.

“And I have got a great team across the board.”

She has been to meetings for three of the six town councils in the sector so far, and plans to get out and about to meet as many people as possible to hear what matters to them.

Insp Mead has worked in numerous sections of the force, including the dog unit, beat officer in Corby and is trained as a crisis and hostage negotiator.

Part of her new post includes the Futures programme in Oundle, a force initiative to find ways of better policing for the county.

The married mother-of-two said: “We need to work with the community to engage with them.

“The things that may be low level can be really big to them and have an impact on people’s lives.

“We are looking at how we can do things differently.”

One of the ways they are working with the community is recruiting volunteers as parish constables, who will be a visible presence and attend events while officers are tied up elsewhere.

A cross border team has also been set up as the rural setting for Oundle means criminals may target it before moving on to do the same in a neighbouring county. For details about the Futures project go to www.northants.police.uk/#!/Futures.