New Welwyn Hatfield neighbourhood sergeant wants to tackle antisocial behaviour
PUBLISHED: 12:10 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:23 12 February 2019
Antisocial behaviour in the town centre is a top priority for the new Welwyn Hatfield North neighbourhood sergeant.
Sgt Ian Smith joined the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team in the Welwyn Hatfield North role a few weeks ago, after several years in the Hertfordshire Constabulary that included working as a response officer in Hatfield.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to being able to focus on a particular area of Welwyn Hatfield and help work out long-term solutions to local issues affecting the community.
“As a response officer, you don’t always get to see the outcome of your actions but working in the Safer Neighbourhood Team means that you can spend time working on solving the problems you might be responding to.
“I’m particularly keen to tackle the issue of ASB (antisocial behaviour) in the town centre.”
Sgt Smith began his policing career in the Metropolitan Police in 2009, working in Westminster and Waltham Forest.
After two years in London, he transferred to Thames Valley Police, firstly working in Milton Keynes as a response officer then in the Bletchley Neighbourhood Team.
In 2014, Sgt Smith joined Hertfordshire Constabulary, taking on Acting Sergeant duties in 2017 before being promoted to Sergeant last year.
He also has experience working across another blue light agency, after spending four years working in the Bedfordshire ambulance control room answering 999 calls.
In addition to his role as a frontline officer, Sgt Smith hosts training sessions every two months for the Constabulary’s Special Constables. He is also a College of Policing Ambassador, attending events to bring back learning to the Constabulary.
Sgt Smith’s work was recognised in 2017 when he was awarded a good work minute in relation to domestic abuse.
Creating a forcewide training package about Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs), his work helped to improve the Constabulary’s response to domestic abuse, specifically improving the understanding and processes around DVPOs.