South Leicester has a new Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander – Inspector James Smallman.
Insp Smallman takes over the role today (Monday) and is looking to continue on from former NPA Commander Insp Mike Cawley focussing on engaging with local communities and understanding concerns around issues including crime and anti-social behaviour.
Insp James Smallman
Insp Smallman has been with the force for 22 years working in a number of roles which has included a number of years of experience in neighbourhood policing. His most recent role was as the force’s City Partnerships Manager, working in partnership with Leicester City Council.
Insp Smallman said: “I have always enjoyed working in neighbourhood policing throughout my career and am looking forward to this new opportunity, working with the team and the community and with local partners.
“I look forward to getting to know and engaging with communities across the South Leicester area and listening to and understanding the issues and concerns being raised, including in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour. I will be working with the community and in partnership with other agencies to address these concerns, to deal with those causing most harm and to protect vulnerable people.
“My most recent role has offered me a unique and enjoyable opportunity to engage with partners, working with agencies to respond to a wide and diverse range of community concerns. The role has provided me with valuable insight and experience in partnership work, something that will assist both myself and the team at South Leicester.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Insp Cawley for all of his hard work and his commitment to the communities, partners and the Neighbourhood Policing team in South Leicester and I wish him well in his new role.”
Insp Cawley, who is leaving the South Leicester role after four years, will be taking on Insp Smallman’s previous role as City Partnerships Manager.
He said: “It has been an honour to serve as South Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Commander over the past four years and I have very much enjoyed working with an excellent neighbourhood team and building relationships with the local communities and partners.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our work over the past four years and I wish Insp Smallman the very best as he continues with this work.”