New police chief wants your feedback on issues in Leighton Buzzard

Supt Sharn Basra
Supt Sharn Basra

Residents in Leighton Buzzard are being offered the opportunity to put their views to their new head of community policing.

Supt Sharn Basra was recently appointed as head of community policing for the south of the county, including Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton.

He’s keen to get to know the communities better and increase his understanding of the issues faced by residents.

Supt Basra said: “It’s really important to me to get to know the people in the communities that our officers serve, to really understand the issues that they are facing, in order to ensure that their needs are being met.

“I’d like to invite any community or residents’ groups to arrange a meeting with me in person, so that we can have a chat about any concerns they may have, and they can have a platform to air any suggestions they might have as to how we can improve our service.

“Businesses and local networks are also encouraged to get in touch, and I’ll also be reaching out to all of the schools to give teachers and parents their chance to have their say.”

Supt Basra has been an officer with Bedfordshire Police for 22 years, and has spent time in the Major Crime Unit and the public protection unit, before making the move to community policing.

He added: “I’m passionate about community policing, ensuring that where possible we provide a visible presence on the streets, deal with the issues that matter to people the most, and uphold our aims of protecting people and fighting crime.”

If you’re from a community network, a residents group, or a local business or club, who wishes to meet with Supt Basra, or if you would like to share your views on policing in the south of the county, email policingsouthbeds@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

What are the key local issues Supt Basra needs to know about? Email news@lbobserver.co.uk