Police commander departs after 15 months

Police commander departs after 15 months

By Gareth Dennison | 06/08/2020

Police commander departs after 15 months
Chief Supt Una Jennings


ROTHERHAM’S police commander has departed for the same job in Sheffield after 15 months in the borough.

Replacing Chief Supt Una Jennings is a familiar face — Chief Supt Steve Chapman, who has been part of the senior command team here since 2017.

“We’ve put the right foundations in place, and achieved some really significant results so far,” said Chief Supt Chapman. “Now it’s time to build on these.

“Over the last year, we have changed the way we operate. We are now much more efficient in the way we work, and we have a clear set of priorities that our officers focus on every single day.

“We’ve made significant headway in tackling issues like domestic abuse, off-road bikes, and drugs supply across the town.

“We have better working practices between our three neighbourhood teams and CID. They work together to tackle serious acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle crime and theft.

“Our communities consistently tell us this is a problem, so now we have the right structures in place to share intelligence, proactively manage offenders and identify patterns quickly, so we can act.”

The turnaround on response times and victim satisfaction ratings in Rotherham has been praised by the top bosses at South Yorkshire Police.

Chief Supt Steve Chapman, who arrived from Durham Constabulary three years ago, described the past year as a “whirlwind” — but stressed that there was no room for complacency.

He said: “I am proud to be the force lead on victim satisfaction, and that really influences how I lead here. Our officers do a fantastic job, and put the victim at the heart of everything they do.

“The thing I am immensely proud of is the improvement in our response times. These have reduced dramatically, meaning when people call us, we get there faster.

“What’s important to me is that we prioritise long-term, sustainable solutions and work together to make Rotherham a better place to be.

“This includes improved outcomes for victims and more focused interventions for suspects to reduce repeat offending.”

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