Policing in Kenilworth has a brand new face as the team welcome a former sergeant to the top of the town’s team.
Trent McMurray will now head up the Kenilworth Safer Neighbourhood Team and is already looking forward to getting out and about to tackle crime and serve the town.
The PC replaces Kenilworth’s beat manager PC Pete King who left the small team earlier this summer.
Trent, whose new role encompasses that of the former officer as well as taking on community work, said it is an exciting time for him to get to know the new ground.
“Hopefully I will be able to get out and about in Kenilworth and get to know the town and residents,” he said.
“I am based at Jubilee house and, as always, we have the same team of PCSOs.
“So there will be no visible change to people in terms of how policing is run and where they go for help with issues.
“I am here to ultimately help to prevent crime and stop people coming to harm, and that is something I am looking forward to getting started.”
PCSOs Carl Whitehouse and Craig Ricardo will continue their community policing role as normal under sergeant Dave Kettle.
PC McMurray has served with the force for 12 years, being previously based in both Warwick and Leamington.
He has a range of experience with Warwickshire Police, including qualifications in working in the public safety unit dealing with protests and football games and passed sergeant exams.
And he has assured that one of the things he is committed to in Kenilworth is reducing anti social behaviour and taking on minor crime.
Crime levels in the town have remained low for several years, with community policing and engagement at the heart of most activity for the team.
One of these roles is being active at the regular community forums where officers report on crime and take on concerns from members of the public.
PC McMurray will continue to provide a police presence at the regular engagement meetings - starting next month by tackling feedback from last month’s horse fair.
The next public meeting will be held on September 8 at the Wardens sports club where a issues including the travellers’ event and traffic management will be discussed.
Residents can contact the SNT in Jubilee House on 684404, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The team is out every Thursday morning at Kenilworth market to hear your concerns.