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Sgt Ash Jones is new head of police force in Burnham
THERE is a new face heading the police force in Burnham and Highbridge.
Sgt Ash Jones has taken on the role of leader of the Burnham Neighbourhood Policing Team with immediate effect.
Sgt Jones, who will also manage Cheddar Police Station, has been based at Burnham since February, leading one of the 24-hour response teams.
Before that, he was in charge of neighbourhood policing in the Bishopsworth area of South Bristol.
In 2009, he founded the Senior Citizen Liaison Team to provide a specially tailored support service to older people.
The SCLT went on to achieve great success, becoming a registered charity in 2012 and winning the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in 2013.
An officer for 16 years, Sgt Jones has had roles in CID, operational planning, professional standards and as a staff officer.
He said: “I am very happy to be returning to neighbourhood policing as the sergeant of the Burnham and Cheddar areas.
“I firmly believe in the importance of localised policing services and understand that our communities really enjoy seeing the police in the neighbourhood and also having an opportunity to communicate their issues and concerns with us face-to-face.
“I will be spending as much time as possible on the beat in the community and hope the citizens of Burnham and Cheddar will stop me for a chat when they see me out and about”
In June this year, two senior officers in Burnham, Sgt Ian Kennett, and Insp Roger Tolley, retired within a few days of each other.
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