WALTHAM FOREST: New police chief "will improve performance"

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chief Supt Steve Wisbey at Chingford Police station today Chief Supt Steve Wisbey at Chingford Police station today

WALTHAM Forest’s new chief policeman has vowed to improve performance without the need for more officers.

Chief Supt Steve Wisbey, who has been confirmed as the borough commander for the next three years, says he will not be backing a council campaign for extra police, which has been supported by over 600 residents.

The 50-year-old said: “We have 900 staff in this borough, when I am sure that we are fully productive and working at full capacity then I may look for more resources.

“I understand why the local authority has raised this issue but my job is not to argue for an extra 120 police officers but to find ways to use what we have better in the interests of the community. It is not my job to wave a flag.”

Chief Supt Wisbey has vowed so get more officers patrolling the streets, especially at times when the most crimes occur.

He has also promised to tackle reports of anti-social behaviour earlier so problems do not escalate.

“I heard of an instance where we attended the same business address 17 times in a short space of time, meaning there is 17 calls answered, 17 visits and 17 reports, whereas what we need to do is sort the problem out earlier so we are using less resources,” he said.

Chief Supt Wisbey says his priority is to tackle violence and accepts that he must make people feel safer on the streets.

He said: “In Waltham Forest I want to prioritise tackling violence, from anti-social behaviour right through to terrorism, as it affects the quality of people's lives.”

“It is important to distinguish between groups of young people standing together for safety, or because they feel there is nothing to do, and organised criminal gangs.

“Part of my job is to reduce the fear of crime, 66 per cent of people live in fear of crime but only 15 per cent will be a victim, meaning people are scared of something which will not happen to them.”

Chief Supt Wisbey says he prefers interacting with those he serves, rather than staying behind a desk. He said: “I am not an office person, I like people and I like the outdoors, I like walking the streets and talking to people.”

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Chief Supt Wisbey worked for CID and the territorial support group, policing the News International industrial dispute at Wapping in 1987.

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7:24pm Tue 6 Apr 10

Earle Martin says...

“It is not my job to wave a flag.”

...Excuse me while I go and bang my head on the desk for a while.
“It is not my job to wave a flag.” ...Excuse me while I go and bang my head on the desk for a while. Earle Martin
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11:31pm Tue 6 Apr 10

The Lone Ranger says...

I do not understand why he does not want to support the case for more officers ? Does he not realise that the easiest way to stop the fear of crime is put MORE Real Police officers on the street and not these PCSOs who are about as much use as a chocolate teapot !
I do not understand why he does not want to support the case for more officers ? Does he not realise that the easiest way to stop the fear of crime is put MORE Real Police officers on the street and not these PCSOs who are about as much use as a chocolate teapot ! The Lone Ranger
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12:54pm Wed 7 Apr 10

Morris Hickey says...

The same old story. They take up an appointment for 3 years during which they are pledged to change the world. Three years later they leave with nothing changed, and are replaced by somebody who pledges to change the world in 3 years......
The same old story. They take up an appointment for 3 years during which they are pledged to change the world. Three years later they leave with nothing changed, and are replaced by somebody who pledges to change the world in 3 years...... Morris Hickey
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5:19pm Wed 7 Apr 10

April Showers says...

I've heard some good reports of Chief Supt Wisbey. While his reported comments about the 120 extra officers might at first reading seem rather dismissive of those of us in the community who signed the petition calling for them, perhaps he is wise to distance himself from a Council-led (and possibly politically motivated) campaign. His predecessor was criticised for being too close to the Town Hall, as the former Commissioner was of being too close to City Hall. Possibly this is the 'thin blue line' that Mr Wisbey has deemed it best not to overstep. If he seriously believes he can shake up his own bureaucracy and get more officers out from behind their desks and onto the streets then I say good luck to him.
I've heard some good reports of Chief Supt Wisbey. While his reported comments about the 120 extra officers might at first reading seem rather dismissive of those of us in the community who signed the petition calling for them, perhaps he is wise to distance himself from a Council-led (and possibly politically motivated) campaign. His predecessor was criticised for being too close to the Town Hall, as the former Commissioner was of being too close to City Hall. Possibly this is the 'thin blue line' that Mr Wisbey has deemed it best not to overstep. If he seriously believes he can shake up his own bureaucracy and get more officers out from behind their desks and onto the streets then I say good luck to him. April Showers
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7:12pm Wed 7 Apr 10

Morris Hickey says...

I thought the name was familiar, so I did a bit of google searching. He was the senior officer responsible for policing at the time of last year's West Ham-Millwall riot. Nice to know he's now going to change the world - clearly learned from his recent experiences.
I thought the name was familiar, so I did a bit of google searching. He was the senior officer responsible for policing at the time of last year's West Ham-Millwall riot. Nice to know he's now going to change the world - clearly learned from his recent experiences. Morris Hickey
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9:26pm Wed 7 Apr 10

InThe Know says...

Wow, your clever Morris, I didn't realise it's the police's forces or a particular officer's fault that a bunch of brainless thugs decide to riot under the pretence of supporting a football club. Engage your brain and think before you type.
Wow, your clever Morris, I didn't realise it's the police's forces or a particular officer's fault that a bunch of brainless thugs decide to riot under the pretence of supporting a football club. Engage your brain and think before you type. InThe Know
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9:28pm Wed 7 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Well, Morris Hickey, as you live in Redbridge I imagine you'll be more concerned about the performance of your own Borough Commander, Peter Terry and will be happy to leave it to we residents of Waltham Forest to hold Steve Wisbey to account.
Well, Morris Hickey, as you live in Redbridge I imagine you'll be more concerned about the performance of your own Borough Commander, Peter Terry and will be happy to leave it to we residents of Waltham Forest to hold Steve Wisbey to account. April Showers
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9:33pm Wed 7 Apr 10

Morris Hickey says...

Little to choose between any of them.
Little to choose between any of them. Morris Hickey
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9:36pm Wed 7 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Morris Hickey wrote:
Little to choose between any of them.
And your solution is...?
[quote][p][bold]Morris Hickey[/bold] wrote: Little to choose between any of them.[/p][/quote]And your solution is...? April Showers
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