Burglary tops new Coventry police chief's hit list

By Matthew Bates 22/03 Updated: 22/03 10:18

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Chief Supt Andy Nicholson said tackling city burglaries was a significant challenge.

COVENTRY'S new top cop has laid out his priorities for the city.

Chief Supt Andy Nicholson said the force's biggest challenge in the city was to crack down on burglary, violent crime and anti-social behaviour - as well as keeping overall crime low.

He has been in the job since November after taking over the reigns from the now retired Steve Glover.

The 46-year-old returns to the city after ten years service in various roles in Birmingham.

He had already served as an officer in Coventry between 1997 and 2001 and told the Observer policing had come along way since then.

"It's been a short space of time in the role but it seems better than elsewhere.

"There are positive attitudes and people are working together.

"It's the fashionable thing to work in partnerships but experience shows it's the way to do business."

Chief Supt Nicholson said top of his list was to keep reducing crime, and that figures in the last ten years had shown a 'phenomenal reduction'.

However, he admitted police did make mistakes but would work to get them right.

"We will get it wrong, we won't be perfect - but we'll learn from them.

"We want to ensure quality of service that meets local needs and have a police force we can truly all be proud of."

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