New inspector joins Keynsham policing team

Published on: 06 Jan 2014

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A new face is heading Keynsham’s neighbourhood policing team – Sarah Treweek is settling into her role and says she has been immediately impressed by the town’s strong sense of community.

Sarah has taken over from Inspector Tim Stuckes, who retired after eight years in Keynsham.

It’s a move back to neighbourhood policing for her after a three-year spell in Bath as a response team inspector, dealing with crimes and incidents as they happen.

Sarah said: “It was a great opportunity for me to come to Keynsham and I’m really enjoying the challenge. I’ve been immediately struck by the good relationship between the police and the local community, and I’ll do all I can to keep that going and to improve it.

“Keynsham has much the same social and crime issues as anywhere. Thankfully it’s a very safe place with a low crime rate, and I believe our neighbourhood teams are working very well with residents to address any problems and deal quickly with  issues as they arise.”

Sarah has been with the Avon and Somerset force for nearly 25 years, much of it in Bristol. She has also worked in the Roads Policing Unit at Almondsbury, and as a PC in Bath was part of the murder investigation when hospital worker Melanie Hall went missing in 1996.

Sarah said: “I enjoy neighbourhood policing because, and I don’t want to sound corny, you can get a grip on long-term community issues and really make a difference, which is very satisfying.

“I believe our neighbourhood teams do a great job and are worth their weight in gold. If I have a message to Keynsham people it would be please work with us, come to our community beat surgeries and PACT meetings, and let us know what we can do to help – it’s why we’re here.”

Avon and Somerset Police say that Keynsham police station will remain unchanged until March 2015 when the Stronger Safer Neighbourhood team will move to the new Keynsham Town Hall, open to the public with a front inquiry office. The police station will be used for other police activities.

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