New man on the beat

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Meet the new Epsom com­mu­nity con­sta­ble.

Chris Gwilliam is tak­ing on the beat af­ter eight years with the po­lice.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to not just deal­ing with of­fend­ers, but to spend­ing time with peo­ple and help­ing out with neigh­bour­hood is­sues.

‘‘It’s dif­fer­ent to the front line where you get five min­utes with peo­ple and then move on.

‘‘Epsom is a pretty good com­mu­nity. It’s rel­a­tively small and there are lots of groups and peo­ple who are about it.’’

He’s taken over from Gor­don Camp­bell who has moved to a role work­ing with pri­mary schools af­ter seven years as com­mu­nity con­sta­ble.

Mr Gwilliam was in the New Zea- land Army be­fore join­ing the po­lice.

He’ll split his time be­tween the Newmarket po­lice sta­tion and the vol­un­teer run Epsom Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Cen­tre.

‘‘Peo­ple can get in touch for any­thing that’s not ur­gent re­ally, even if they just want to chat about a neigh­bour­hood dis­pute.’’

The best way to con­tact Mr Gwilliam is through the Epsom cen­tre.

‘‘The vol­un­teers are pretty good at get­ting a quick gist of what peo­ple want and de­cid­ing if it’s some­thing I can deal with, or if it needs to go through to 111.’’

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