New neighbourhood policing commander for East Leicester.

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Inspector Paul Allen

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Issued on 11/4/18 at 2:57 p.m.

East Leicester, which covers areas including Belgrave, Spinney Hill, Highfields and Evington, has a new neighbourhood policing commander. Inspector Paul Allen brings 21 years’ policing experience to his new role after joining Leicestershire Police back in 1997, beginning his career at the former Charles Street police station.

Since joining the police force, Inspector Allen has worked in a variety of roles, including response and neighbourhood policing in the city centre and operational support at force headquarters. In 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and moved into the Contact Management Department overseeing operational response from the force control room.

Inspector Allen said: “I am very familiar with East Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) as my family are from this part of Leicester; I also went to school in this area. I feel immensely privileged to be your policing commander and I want to build upon the already excellent relationships and for my team and I to continue to work with all communities, stakeholders and partners to address your concerns and issues.”

The role of neighbourhood policing commander is varied, Inspector Allen is responsible for the delivery of neighbourhood policing services within East Leicester. This includes leading and managing a team of police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and police staff, working with partner agencies such as Leicester City Council to identify and tackle local issues collaboratively; working with community and faith groups to establish and maintain positive links with our communities; identifying vulnerability and conducting safeguarding measures and managing antisocial behaviour in partnership with the local authority. Inspector Allen takes up the position of neighbourhood policing commander from Inspector Steff Shellard.

Inspector Shellard said: “After what has been an incredibly proud and gratifying two and a half years as the neighbourhood commander of East Leicester, the time has come for me to move on. In doing so, I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of those who have supported not just myself, but my wider team in hopefully making that small difference. This is a community like no other and I have been privileged to work here. I leave however, safe in the knowledge that the new neighbourhood commander, Inspector Paul Allen, will continue to build on the success that we have enjoyed together. Once again, thank you.”

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