09:14AM, Friday 04 January 2013
The new top cop for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has said he intends to ‘bring the fear of crime to the criminal’.
Chief Inspector Simon Bowden has been promoted to Superintendent and was started as Thames Valley Police’s LPA Commander for Windsor and Maidenhead this week.
He moves across from his role as LPA Commander for Bracknell Forest, a post he has held since 2007, and will be replaced by Chief Inspector David Gilbert.
Inspector Gilbert had been serving as acting LPA Commander for Windsor and Maidenhead since former incumbent, Tim De Meyer, moved on to a new position at TVP’s headquarters earlier this year.
Supt Bowden started out in Maidenhead in 1988 as a beat officer for Cookham. He has since taken up roles in Windsor and Slough.
Supt Bowden said he wants to build on the work of Chief Inspector Gilbert, with burglary and anti-social behaviour set to be key areas of attention.
He said: “Burglary is a heinous crime. It is an invasion into people’s privacy so we will be working hard to tackle it.
“I want people to be aware of the risk of crime but not so much that they are fearful of it. It should be the criminal who is fearful of it."
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