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New deputy borough commander for Redbridge aiming to reduce victims of crime and improve community engagement

09:29 08 August 2014

Redbridge

Redbridge's new deputy borough commander Mandy Beacher

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Engaging with the public and cutting the number of victims of crime are among the top priorities for the newly appointed deputy borough commander for Redbridge.

Det Supt Mandy Beacher, 47, began her role last week, which will see her support the borough commander, Det Ch Supt Sue Williams.

She told the Recorder: “In terms of crime performance we are in a good position. But I want to reduce the amount of victims we have and improve the quality of our service.

“We are doing well for satisfaction, but levels are quite low for confidence. I think that’s about a lot more community engagement.”

Det Supt Beacher, who lives in Essex, has been in the police for 28 years. She most recently worked in Havering – as a detective chief inspector for a year and a change manager for approximately two and a half years.

She said: “I delivered the structural changes that were a result of the local policing model. I did a lot of work with Redbridge to prepare them, so I have a reasonable insight into the issues around their structure.”

Det Supt Beacher, who is married with two children, has served in Redbridge previously. In 1992, she was a detective constable in Barkingside.

On her new appointment, she said: “It’s fantastic. You don’t just move to being a superintendent – it is years of delivering that expertise.

“It is a rigorous process. I didn’t think I would achieve that so it’s a nice feeling.”

Her role will be to support the borough commander and help deliver the operational performance.

Det Supt Beacher hopes her promotion, and that of other women, will inspire others.

“The service is trying a lot to increase the number of females in senior roles, but we have a long way to go.

“Being a senior shows the hard work pays off.”

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