A FORMER police inspector is taking on a new role to tackle crime in Redditch.
David Rischmiller, who worked for West Midlands Police, has become an officer for North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership in a bid to reduce business and rural crime across the borough, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.
Using his experience in investigations, neighbourhood policing and partnership working, he joined NWCSP last week and will be working with residents, businesses and partner agencies.
His role will include helping West Mercia Police improve their business and rural crime strategies, as well as visiting areas to find out first-hand key community issues.
David will also be building links with other established forums such as local business networks, neighbourhood watch groups and rural community groups to look at ways residents and businesses can help each other to reduce crime and improve safety in their areas.
The position is funded by West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
He said he was looking forward to the role and using his skills and experience to address crime across North Worcestershire.
He added: “I would initially encourage anyone with an interest in rural crime to take part in the National Rural Crime Survey. This is a valuable opportunity to give your views, aid national and local understanding of the issue and its impact on rural communities.”
Visit www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net to take part in the survey.