A top cop has taken over the reigns of one of Lancashire’s districts.
Insp Alison Barff-Lewis has more than 25 years experience in operational postings around the county and will now be heading up police in South Ribble.
She has had postings around the Fylde, Rossendale Valley, Preston and East Lancashire areas, working with vulnerable families and high risk offenders.
She has also been responsible for supervising a wide range of teams, which include custody staff, response police officers, neighbourhood, road policing and support unit officers.
The inspector said: “My previous experience working as Inspector for Chorley and Coppull will stand me in good stead to face the challenges ahead in South Ribble.
“There have been a lot of changes, for the good, in respect of how we work with partners and we have got much better at working together.”
Insp Barff-Lewis said that her main aims in her new position are to build on the good partnership work that is currently underway in South Ribble and encourage the neighbourhood teams to be more proactive in the way they engage with members of the public, utilising a mix of conventional methods and social media.
Other key issues include anti-social behaviour and violent crime and reducing the number of road traffic collisions and casualties in the area.
She added: “I look forward to working both with our partners and the public to deal with the issues that matter to them most and affect their quality of life.”