11:34AM, Tuesday 09 July 2013
A new inspector has taken charge at Windsor police station.
Emily Roberts took over as police inspector for Windsor and Ascot from Pete Dalton, who left to become Thames Valley's tactical firearms commander.
Inspector Roberts is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Reading and has worked with Thames Valley Police for 20 years, notching up periods at Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor stations.
She said: "It started when I was a teenager. I always wanted to be a police officer, my mum blamed Cagney and Lacey.
"I wanted to make people feel safe. People should be able to walk around and feel safe."
One of Inspector Roberts' specific targets is to break the international criminal gangs increasingly linked to thefts of expensive machinary from farms across the Royal Borough. The machinary is often ending up in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
She said: "There are two five day operations planned soon which will be intelligence led operations targeting suspicious vehicles engaged in this trade."
Past mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) - who runs the J. Rayner family farm at Berkyn Manor in Stanwell Road, Horton - has welcomed the initiative.
He said: "Farmers' fences get cut all the time. There is theft, vandalism. I have had a tractor stolen. I'm meeting Inspector Roberts next week."
As Windsor's inspector Insprctor Roberts will also be closely involved with policing public events, such as state visits. She is a great believer in the social network and hopes people will follow her and her fellow officers on Twitter.
In private life she has been married to a fellow police officer for 18 years and has a family.
You can follow Windsor police on twitter - visit twitter @TVP_Windsor
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