New police chief takes over in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:39 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 24 July 2017

Welwyn Hatfield's Chief Inspector Ruth Dodsworth.

Welwyn Hatfield's Chief Inspector Ruth Dodsworth.

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Welwyn Hatfield has a new Japanese-speaking police chief at the helm, who has prioritised a fresh focus on protecting the public, preventing crime and pursuing offenders.

Chief Inspector Ruth Dodsworth, who joined the force in 2000 in Welwyn Hatfield as an intervention officer, has replaced former CI Adam Willmot, who is now heading up a major ICT initiative involving several police forces.

CI Dodsworth took over earlier this month and will be responsible for over 120 officers and police staff.

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting new officers and look forward to meeting colleagues in the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and members of the public.

“I’m really looking forward to helping shape how we police Welwyn Hatfield to deal with burglars, thieves who steal from cars, drugs and associated acquisitive crime, building on the work CI Willmot has done.

“I will also be looking at new ways we can deal with antisocial behaviour, which can cause misery in communities, with the safer neighbourhood teams and the CSP, schools and parents.”

Before joining the police, aged 28, CI Dodsworth worked for a Japanese bank. She speaks Japanese, having lived in the country for a year, and studied at the London School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

During her police career she has occupied several roles, including an intervention officer for Welwyn Hatfield and Detective Chief Inspector for the constabulary’s Domestic Abuse Investigations Unit.

She added: “I’ve already had a fantastic career in detective, intervention and neighbourhood officer roles and I have a great team of dedicated and hard-working officers and staff who want to make a difference to improve residents’ quality of life.”

It has emerged that overall crime in Welwyn Hatfield has risen 20.4 per cent in the last financial year compared to the previous year.

There was a particularly sharp increase in hate crime, shoplifting and drug trafficking, but officers believe improved reporting was a key factor.

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