Challenges ahead for Dorset towns' new police inspector
NEW Dorchester and Sherborne police inspector Steve Marsh has pledged to keep crime low in the face of cash cutbacks.
Inspector Marsh said he aimed to build on the success of the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the section which has seen a reduction in crimes including anti-social behaviour issues.
The officer, who started his career with the Metropolitan Police and transferred to Dorset in 2009, said financial challenges would arise.
He said: "Dorchester and Sherborne are very pleasant and safe places and I want to keep it that way.
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"But there will be financial challenges."
He said both towns were growing, especially Dorchester.
He said: "Dorchester is growing quite rapidly and phase two of the Brewery Square development is due to open in March.
"That will bring more of a night time economy and activity to the town."
Inspector Marsh, who took up the post in October, had spent 18 months as part of the force's Olympic planning team.
He said: "I know I have a hard act to follow as many people knew and respected Inspector Fry. But I'll strive to continue to provide the communities of Dorchester and Sherborne with the same level of service."
He will also liaise with Inspector Fry on rural crime - one of the biggest areas to be addressed in the section.
Inspector Marsh paid tribute to the work of special constables, PCSOs, volunteers and the public in working together to keep crime low.
His time with the Metropolitan Police started with a spell on the beat in Fulham and included 14 years with the mounted police. He took part in ceremonial occasions including Trooping of the Colour and Changing of the Guard as well as forming the Black Escort that led Princess Diana's funeral cortege.
He added: "I also attended a lot of high profile public disorder events - demonstrations and football violence."
He lives near Dorchester and enjoys cricket and walking.
He said: "It's different from London, but I grew up in a village in Devon and I'm really enjoying the move to Dorset."