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South Holland's new policing inspector gets to grips with keeping the area safe




The new officer in charge of policing South Holland is asking the public to be confident, but also realistic, about reporting crime in the area.

Acting Inspector Nick Waters, based at Spalding Police Station, is in his second week of leading neighbourhood policing for Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Spalding and their surrounding villages.

Taking on the role for the next six months in place of Inspector Gareth Boxall, who is leading a review of neighbourhood policing across Lincolnshire, Inspector Waters has twice been commended for acts of bravery in the line of duty.

Acting Inspector Nick Waters (centre), in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Holland, is presented with his commendation by Chief Constable Bill Skelly and Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh MP in February this year. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Police.
Acting Inspector Nick Waters (centre), in charge of neighbourhood policing for South Holland, is presented with his commendation by Chief Constable Bill Skelly and Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh MP in February this year. Photo supplied by Lincolnshire Police.

He said: "I was very pleased when I was told that I'd be taking up the job of inspector and my colleagues have been really supportive.

"This job is a lot more community-based and there's more time spent in meetings because the idea of the inspector's role is to have the oversight of several different areas of policing.

"But my intention is to be involved with my officers on days of action and operations."

Acting Inspector Nick Waters at Spalding Police Station.Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Acting Inspector Nick Waters at Spalding Police Station.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-191119-010TW.

Inspector Waters joined Lincolnshire Police in 2002 and his first role was as a police officer in Spalding.

He moved to the force's dog section two years later to work as a dog handler, with involvement in both "general purpose" and specialist operations across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

After a promotion to the rank of sergeant, lnspector Waters continued to be involved in neighbourhood policing before having his first spell as an acting inspector in the East Lindsey area last year.

He said: "As you move up the ranks, the job does become more office-based, although my knowledge of South Holland can only assist me in this job.

Acting Inspector Nick Waters is covering for Inspector Gareth Boxall as the man in charge of policing South Holland.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-191119-012TW.
Acting Inspector Nick Waters is covering for Inspector Gareth Boxall as the man in charge of policing South Holland.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-191119-012TW.

"We have a very diverse community and there's an array of problems to solve, with each of the beat areas identifying their own priorities after interacting with the community and other people.

"I had a very comprehensive handover from Inspector Boxall and it will be a case of taking on things as they come, seeing how I feel they need to be dealt with."

"Speeding, anti-social behaviour, commercial burglaries, thefts from vehicles and drug dealing are just some of the issues that may come to Inspector Waters' attention over the coming months.

He said: "I want people to continue to speak to us and report their issues so that we can identify the problem and a plan to try and fix it.

"There are times when policing can be a little bit thankless because you can't meet everybody's expectations, no matter how much you want to.

"We won't always be able to do absolutely everything people want us to because we have to prioritise things based on the threats, risk and harm posed.

"But there are still those days when I get a buzz from fixing people's problems, reducing the risks they are exposed to or saving a life."

Inspector Boxall said: "Inspector Waters is an excellent police officer,with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to draw on, and I know that South Holland will be safe in his hands."

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