Policing across Harborough is set for a shake-up - here's what will happen

Insp Gorman said: 'This will provide more visibility in our neighbourhoods'

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 4:00 pm
Insp Siobhan Gorman

Policing across Harborough is being shaken up – and the new inspector in charge said it’s for the best.

Insp Siobhan Gorman, 42, spoke out as she took over at the helm for the new Harborough and Wigston patch.

New Neighbourhood Patrol Officers will carry out both response and investigative duties as part of the new-look police regime.

And Det Insp Henry Henderson is being drafted in by Leicestershire Police to head up a new CID unit tackling crime head on across Harborough and Wigston.

Insp Gorman said: “This will provide more visibility in our neighbourhoods.

“And as more officers will be based locally there will be less travelling time - resulting in better response times.

“I see this as a rejuvenation of the way we work.”

Married to a fellow police officer, the hard-working mum-of-two added: “In general terms the officer who comes to your front door will be the one that sees it right through from the initial investigation to the resolution.

“This means better ownership of issues and the ability to build trust and confidence with the public.”

Insp Gorman joined the force in 2002 as a patrol officer based at Leicester’s Charles St station.

The experienced officer has worked in a wide range of challenging roles during her career, including response, investigation and proactive policing.

Insp Gorman has been based in Market Harborough since October 2018 as Commander for Eastern Counties.

“I have had the privilege to work alongside some truly dedicated members of the community to make the communities of Melton and Rutland safer.

“I’d like to thank them for all of the support from partners and the community over the last 18 months.

“I will retain the Harborough area as part of my new role where I will continue to improve on our strong partnership working,” she said.

“I look forward to the increase in responsibility of having response teams under my command again.

“I have already met representatives and partners from Oadby and Wigston.

“I have had a very warm welcome and I look forward to policing this area that I know well. “I have a dedicated team of officers and volunteers.

“They want to deliver the best we can to ensure the people of Harborough, Lutterworth, Broughton Astley, Oadby, Wigston and all the villages feel safe, listened to and be a part of the solution.”