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Windsor and Maidenhead's new police commander pledges to protect community

Windsor and Maidenhead's new police commander pledges to protect community

Simon Meechan

Windsor and Maidenhead's new police commander pledges to protect community

A former neighbourhood inspector has returned to the beat as Windsor and Maidenhead's top cop.

Superintendent Bhupinder Rai has taken over as Local Police Area (LPA) commander following Superintendent Kate Ford's retirement.

Supt Rai is returning to the patch she previously served as a neighbourhood inspector in Windsor.

Since leaving Windsor and Maidenhead 10 years ago, Supt Rai has worked at Thames Valley Police's headquarters as part of its strategic planning team and professional standards department. She also spent time as a Neighbourhood Inspector and Deputy Area Commander in South Bucks and served as Detective Chief Inspector for force crime in Berkshire.

She said: "I'm delighted to be returning to the Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot area again after 10 years away. I greatly enjoyed working with the neighbourhood teams in Windsor and look forward to re-establishing old friendships as well as meeting new faces in the Royal Borough community.

"There is already an excellent team of officers and staff serving this area and I feel that recent appointments mean we are ready to build on the excellent work of my predecessor, Supt Ford, as well as meeting the new challenges affecting us all.

"I will work hard to protect this community and would like to thank members of the public for the warm welcome I've received."

Her predecessor Supt Ford is retiring after three decades of serving Thames Valley Police.

Supt Ford said: "There is a sense of having come full circle in finishing at Windsor and Maidenhead as Maidenhead was my first nick. I never dreamt then as a student officer that I would retire as the area commander."

Her career has included stints working in child protection, protecting vulnerable people, criminal justice and a spell as tactical firearms commander.

Supt Ford, who is looking forward to spending more time with family, added: "The reasons I joined the police have never changed. I wanted to protect the vulnerable, catch the criminals and make a positive difference to our community."

Supt Rai started her new role on Monday, October 19.

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