New Redbridge police chief makes pledge on cuts

THE newly appointed borough commander of Redbridge Police says she will help ensure the force “achieves more for less” in the face of government cuts.

Det Chief Supt Sue Williams started out in her post on Monday, (December 13) taking over from Chief Supt Peter Terry, who is now head of public order for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Mrs Williams, who has more than 28 years experience working for the MPS, has moved from her �position as deputy borough commander at Waltham Forest police.

She has served as a uniformed officer and within the CID, at one point being the MPS’ lead officer for domestic violence issues.

She said: “Having spent the past three years on a neighbouring �borough in east London, I fully recognise and appreciate the �challenges and opportunities �Redbridge has to offer.

“I intend to build on the �successes of Redbridge and I will continue to review our policing response to ensure it is effective and meets the needs of all our diverse communities.

“My main priorities are tackling violent crime to minimise harm to the community, reducing crime and increasing public confidence.

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“I acknowledge that the police cannot do this alone and I will look to build strong sustainable partnerships with our partners, local organisations and communities to make a real difference to the people of Redbridge.”

She added: “I believe that neighbourhood policing is important and that the role of the safer neighbourhood teams is to be accessible, visible and familiar to the �community.

“Together we can work to make Redbridge a safer place to live, work and visit.”

l Do you have a question for the new commander? Email before Monday and we will print the answer in an in-depth interview to be published in the Recorder.