Inspectors ready for new policing role challenge

Reporter:

Matt Jones

MORE details have been revealed of changes to policing in Flintshire.

With £25 million of cuts in North Wales Police’s budget over the next four years, cost cutting measures will see a number of changes, including fewer police officers.

Following the cuts the force is moving to a new way of working from May 4 and Flintshire will have a chief inspector for the county who will be responsible for investigations and neighbourhood policing.

Chief Insp Darren Wareing will be joined by local police area Insp Paul McKeown, responsible for the north of the county, and Insp Iwan Jones for the south.

Chief Insp Wareing said: “It will be great to be back in Flintshire and to head up the policing there. It will be my forth posting to Flintshire during my 19 years with North Wales Police.

“My first posting as a student officer was Mold, so it’s fitting that I am back.

“I have also worked in Buckley and Deeside. It was only a few years ago I was in Deeside, an area I really enjoyed working in. I got to know some really committed and passionate community members and I look forward to working with them again.

“My career spans all sorts of roles within the police, most of which have been operational front line jobs. Since leaving Deeside I was the head of training and I am currently the head of our Operational Communications Division.

“I am keen to get to Flintshire where I will work with members of the community, partners and my staff to make a difference.”

Insp McKeown will lead the team of neighbourhood beat managers, police community support officers and the investigation team, dedicated to the Connah’s Quay, Flint and Holywell areas.

They will be based at Deeside, Flint, Holywell and Mostyn police stations, but will be out in the communities on dedicated patrol and providing reassurance.

Insp Jones will lead the team, dedicated to the Mold, Buckley, Saltney and surrounding areas.

They will be based at Mold, Buckley and Saltney police stations, but they will also be out in the communities on dedicated patrol and providing re assurance.

To speak to a member of you team, please dial 101. Alternatively, contact details for individual officers are available via www.north-wales.police.uk

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