New police boss in Thurrock

ESSEX Police is pleased to announce Detective Chief Inspector Richard Baxter is to become the new District Commander for Thurrock.DCI Baxter has 21 years service with Essex Police and has previously been a District Commander on two previous occasions in 2011/12 and as a temporary Chief Inspector.He has worked in the local area since 2009.DCI Baxter said: “I am delighted to become District Commander for Thurrock and very proud to be able further serve the people who live and work here.”My priorities, and those of my team and our key partners, will be protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities, problem solving emerging crime and hidden harms such as preventing violent extremism, hate crime, modern day slavery, gangs and anti-social behaviour vulnerability issues.”We will also address youth offending and re-offending which will help address volume crimes such as dwelling burglary and violence against the person .Commenting on the new appointment, Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “I’d like to welcome Detective Chief Inspector Richard Baxter to his new role as District Commander for Thurrock.”Essex Police and Thurrock Council have worked jointly and successfully dealing with unauthorised encampments, tackling inappropriate use of motorcycles and tackling fraud-related crime across Essex and beyond.”The improved working relationship we have developed is valued by all at Thurrock Council and helps both organisations deliver a better service to our residents.”We look forward to discussing with him and his team how we can continue to work and improve our partnership working in the future.”I would also thank the out-going Chief Inspector Leigh Norris for his hard work and dedication to the people of Thurrock.”Without Leigh’s flexibility and can-do attitude to operations lead to the public space protection order to stop the cruiser events at Lakeside, which would have been more difficult and taken much longer to implement. Away from the force, DCI Baxter is married with two children.He replaces Chief Inspector Leigh Norris who is moving to the Force Control Room and starts in the role on Monday, October 10.

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