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Inspector Stephen PreciousInspector Stephen Precious

I am Stephen Precious and at the beginning of March, I took over the Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Unit from Inspector Darren Griffiths.

I have spent most of the past 27 years in policing with Cheshire Constabulary, working in a variety of mainly uniform roles, in the eastern, northern and western areas of Cheshire.

Prior to joining the Chester Inner team in March, I was seconded to the College of Policing, formerly the National Policing Improvement Agency, supporting police forces at a national level with improving services to the public whilst reducing costs.

The police service, like any other public service, is faced with meeting public expectations, with an ever decreasing budget and whilst this is challenging, I am a firm believer that reducing our costs does not necessarily equate to reducing services.

The Cheshire Constabulary logo includes the statement “BE SAFE, FEEL SAFE” and my vision for the NPU is simply that the people, who live, work and study in, and visit the City of Chester, feel safer as a result of the services that the police deliver from the Town Hall Police Station.

So how do we, as the police, achieve this?

  • We need to be as effective as we can in engaging with the public to better understand the causes of community problems;
  • We need to continue to develop our links with the public, private and voluntary sectors - community problems are often complex and a sustainable solution invariably lies in a collective problem solving approach.
  • We need to continually improve to better understand what works so that we continue to deliver an effective community service that is valued by the public, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

My role is to support my team at the Town Hall in making Chester City centre a safer place for you.

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Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team provides local policing services for the historic Roman City of Chester. The city area is sub-divided into the five geographic areas of Chester city centre, Boughton, College Ward, Newtown and the Greyhound Industrial Parks. It is an extremely diverse area that includes the prestigious world heritage status city centre, along with three very separate and differing residential areas, and an ever- increasing spread of industrial and retail premises on the out of town retail parks.

Local Priorities

  • From 31/08/2014 To 30/09/2014-Boughton

    Priority Type: Anti-Social Behaviour

    Description: A focused approach to the Canal corridor targetting named individuals, ensuring the issue of S27 notices and working closely with the ASB unit to achieve these aims.

  • From 10/11/2014 To 10/11/2014-City centre

    Priority Type: Begging in the city centre

    Description: Hi-visibility patrols to target those areas at the reported times to disrupt such behaviour.

  • From 01/12/2014 To 01/12/2014-Garden Quarter

    Priority Type: Cycle thefts in Saddley Way and Sedgefield Road

    Description: To increase patrols both uniformed and plain clothes to these two areas.

  • From 10/11/2014 To 10/11/2014-Newtown

    Priority Type: Bicycle thefts

    Description: Bikes are becoming an easy taregt for thieves again. Local PCSOs continue to mark bikes and plain clothes officers will operate in the area. Contact us at the Town Hall Police station if you would like your bike marked for free.

  • From 01/12/2014 To 01/12/2014-BOUGHTON PRIORITIES

    Priority Type: Festive Crime prevention

    Description: As we enter the festive season it is our priority to ensure that you are all aware of how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Can we advise that you keep any gifts out of sight if you are leaving them in a parked vehicle; that you keep your purse/wallet safe when out shopping and that you ensure that the doors and windows to your homes are secure.

  • From 01/12/2014 To 01/12/2014-CITY

    Priority Type: City Centre Beggars

    Description: Street Drinkers and Beggars within the city. There is a campaign being run by the council which starts on the 1st December asking members of the public to donate to a charity instead of giving cash to beggars on the street.

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