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New Safer Neighbourhood Inspectors for Shropshire

West Mercia Police is pleased to announce two new Safer Neighbourhood Inspectors for Shropshire.

From Monday, Inspector Saf Ali and Inspector Nikki Roberts will take up their positions as Safer Neighbourhood Inspectors in the county.

Insp Ali will take responsibility for Shrewsbury while Insp Roberts will be at the helm in South Shropshire.

Both have recently been promoted to the rank of Inspector and will take over from previous Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for Shrewsbury and South Shropshire - Ed Hancox - who has been promoted to Chief Inspector.

Their appointments come as policing lead for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell, reinforces his commitment to continue to improve policing in the county.

Ch Supt Purcell said: "I'm absolutely delighted with these two new appointments. Both Saf and Nikki bring with them a wealth of experience from previous roles and I'm confident they will continue to build on the great partnership work already being done to make our neighbourhoods even safer.

"My responsibility is to ensure we get our response right and I'm really pleased that both the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner have supported me in ensuring I can do this and that we have been able to reintroduce an additional Inspector for South Shropshire."

Inspector Saf Ali started his policing career 14 years ago as a Special Constable with West Midlands Police. He joined West Mercia Police 12 years ago and has taken on a variety of roles across the force including patrol, neighbourhood constable, detective constable, patrol sergeant and custody sergeant. His most recent role was as a Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant in Telford.

He said: "It's an honour to be appointed into this role, I live in Shropshire and am really keen to work with the local community and partner agencies to tackle the problems that impact us all."

Inspector Nikki Roberts has more than 21 years' experience in policing and has spent time in both uniform and CID roles. She has spent the past five years working on serious and complex crime and prolific offenders in Shrewsbury.

She said: "I started my career in Ludlow before being promoted to a sergeant in Bridgnorth so it's a real privilege to be able to return to South Shropshire as the SNT Inspector. It is a role I have aspired to for many years and the community is very close to my heart. I still have close links with many of the businesses and residents of South Shropshire and am looking forward to the opportunity to working with them and exploring new ways for officers to protect people from harm."


Published 05/10/18