New police commander superintendent Mark Travis appointed for south Worcestershire

Superintendent Mark Travis

Superintendent Mark Travis

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A NEW man has been appointed to spearhead local policing across south Worcestershire.

Superintendent Mark Travis has been named West Mercia Police’s new police commander for the force area and will head a new command team.

Supt Travis will be the third officer to occupy the role in just six months, following on from supt Steve Cullen who stepped down in August last year and was replaced by chief supt Mark Turner in October.

Three new chief inspectors were put in position last month and also new to the team are detective ch insp Stacy Williamson as crime manager, ch insp Paul Kinsella leading neighbourhood policing, and ch insp Mark Steele leading operational policing.

Supt Travis said: “As a resident of Worcestershire, I am delighted to have the challenging of policing the area I live in. I am very lucky that our staff are enthusiastic and have a real 'can-do attitude'.

“The breadth of skills in the new chief inspectors and the abilities of the South Worcestershire staff will allow us to ensure we offer a good service in some challenging times.”

He added: “The public want to see us out on the ground. I am keen to ensure we are as visible as possible with a focus on proactive policing.

“We will use all our resources to tackle our main priorities such as burglary, drugs and to protect people from harm.

“To police effectively is a partnership: I hope the public will support us in making our local communities the best possible places to live.

“I understand it is difficult sometimes to come forward with information or even to provide evidence, but we need the help of the public to make a difference and stop criminality.”

Supt Travis has previously been the detective superintendent leading intelligence for the force and worked as a chief inspector in Herefordshire where he held portfolios for operational policing and response policing for Hereford city.

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8:33pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Piccolo says...

Any chance they might follow Norfolk's example & think about a uniform style which properly represents their position & role in society & maybe even invites some respect?
Any chance they might follow Norfolk's example & think about a uniform style which properly represents their position & role in society & maybe even invites some respect? Piccolo
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10:45pm Fri 15 Feb 13

DarrenM says...

They're not allowed to, they have to walk around like paratroopers getting ready to storm Normandy beach because that's how they are in Europe, the same reason they had to change the name from Constabulary to Police to come into line with Europe, and the same reason why all the vehicles have the same markings as in the EU.

The same reason for the creeping use of Tazers being carried by all officers when initially the public were told only firearms officers would carry them, and calls for them to be armed.

They are also about to change the law to allow foreigners to become Chief Constables.

All this talk of "Community Policing" is just a smoke screen for the gullible, basically they are creating a Paramilitary European Police force by stealth.
They're not allowed to, they have to walk around like paratroopers getting ready to storm Normandy beach because that's how they are in Europe, the same reason they had to change the name from Constabulary to Police to come into line with Europe, and the same reason why all the vehicles have the same markings as in the EU. The same reason for the creeping use of Tazers being carried by all officers when initially the public were told only firearms officers would carry them, and calls for them to be armed. They are also about to change the law to allow foreigners to become Chief Constables. All this talk of "Community Policing" is just a smoke screen for the gullible, basically they are creating a Paramilitary European Police force by stealth. DarrenM
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11:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

pronstar says...

Agree with both of the previous comments.

The police have pretty much morphed into a paramilitary organisation over the last couple of decades. Just look how many armed 'police' with a distinct lack of a number on their shoulders appeared out of the woodwork when the Raul Moat incident was kicking off.

If there's one thing that all the endless TV cop programs tells me, it's that the recruitment policy favours brawn over brains these days.

In my opinion there is an increasing blur in the distinction between police and military in this country and that's something which concerns me greatly for the future.
Agree with both of the previous comments. The police have pretty much morphed into a paramilitary organisation over the last couple of decades. Just look how many armed 'police' with a distinct lack of a number on their shoulders appeared out of the woodwork when the Raul Moat incident was kicking off. If there's one thing that all the endless TV cop programs tells me, it's that the recruitment policy favours brawn over brains these days. In my opinion there is an increasing blur in the distinction between police and military in this country and that's something which concerns me greatly for the future. pronstar
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11:15am Sat 16 Feb 13

TDH123 says...

pronstar wrote:
Agree with both of the previous comments.

The police have pretty much morphed into a paramilitary organisation over the last couple of decades. Just look how many armed 'police' with a distinct lack of a number on their shoulders appeared out of the woodwork when the Raul Moat incident was kicking off.

If there's one thing that all the endless TV cop programs tells me, it's that the recruitment policy favours brawn over brains these days.

In my opinion there is an increasing blur in the distinction between police and military in this country and that's something which concerns me greatly for the future.
Are you for real?
The police is now called a service rather than a force. Police officers powers have been unfortunately reduced in terms of stop and search. There are an ever increasing number of young girls as police officers. How is that paramilitary? West Mercia police is hardly the Carabinieri type of organisation that you suggest it to be!
[quote][p][bold]pronstar[/bold] wrote: Agree with both of the previous comments. The police have pretty much morphed into a paramilitary organisation over the last couple of decades. Just look how many armed 'police' with a distinct lack of a number on their shoulders appeared out of the woodwork when the Raul Moat incident was kicking off. If there's one thing that all the endless TV cop programs tells me, it's that the recruitment policy favours brawn over brains these days. In my opinion there is an increasing blur in the distinction between police and military in this country and that's something which concerns me greatly for the future.[/p][/quote]Are you for real? The police is now called a service rather than a force. Police officers powers have been unfortunately reduced in terms of stop and search. There are an ever increasing number of young girls as police officers. How is that paramilitary? West Mercia police is hardly the Carabinieri type of organisation that you suggest it to be! TDH123
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1:39pm Sat 16 Feb 13

DarrenM says...

..and which police force is it you work for?...
..and which police force is it you work for?... DarrenM
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2:24pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Brummie_exile says...

DarrenM wrote:
They're not allowed to, they have to walk around like paratroopers getting ready to storm Normandy beach because that's how they are in Europe, the same reason they had to change the name from Constabulary to Police to come into line with Europe, and the same reason why all the vehicles have the same markings as in the EU.

The same reason for the creeping use of Tazers being carried by all officers when initially the public were told only firearms officers would carry them, and calls for them to be armed.

They are also about to change the law to allow foreigners to become Chief Constables.

All this talk of "Community Policing" is just a smoke screen for the gullible, basically they are creating a Paramilitary European Police force by stealth.
Do not know where to start with this as it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it.

I will however address you're ill informed comment regarding Police Officers using tasers. Frontline Police Officers face very dangerous situations and people on a daily basis. Taser has proven time and time again that it is the most effective and safe use of force when dealing with such situations, take the recent incident outside Buckingham Palace for a textbook example of how effective tasers are.

Nonetheless I still think taser isn't enough to fully protect our Officers, the horrific incident in Manchester when two Officers lost their lives because they couldn't defend themselves is a stark reminder of that.

Maybe you should use your account on this website to support our Officers.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: They're not allowed to, they have to walk around like paratroopers getting ready to storm Normandy beach because that's how they are in Europe, the same reason they had to change the name from Constabulary to Police to come into line with Europe, and the same reason why all the vehicles have the same markings as in the EU. The same reason for the creeping use of Tazers being carried by all officers when initially the public were told only firearms officers would carry them, and calls for them to be armed. They are also about to change the law to allow foreigners to become Chief Constables. All this talk of "Community Policing" is just a smoke screen for the gullible, basically they are creating a Paramilitary European Police force by stealth.[/p][/quote]Do not know where to start with this as it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it. I will however address you're ill informed comment regarding Police Officers using tasers. Frontline Police Officers face very dangerous situations and people on a daily basis. Taser has proven time and time again that it is the most effective and safe use of force when dealing with such situations, take the recent incident outside Buckingham Palace for a textbook example of how effective tasers are. Nonetheless I still think taser isn't enough to fully protect our Officers, the horrific incident in Manchester when two Officers lost their lives because they couldn't defend themselves is a stark reminder of that. Maybe you should use your account on this website to support our Officers. Brummie_exile
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6:41pm Sat 16 Feb 13

DarrenM says...

Whats ill informed about it? The police (and by which I mean nationwide) were quite specific when Tazers were introduced that they would be carried only by firearms officers, since that time they have been gradually increased until they are almost standard issue.

" it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it."

but you can't actually refute it... you mean?

Here's another fact for you not to refute, the radio system used by the police is called Tetra - Guess what etra stands for?
It's: Trans-European Trunked Radio.

why would I use this website to support the police? Weren't my comments and that of the other posters clear in that we don't support a Paramilitary European Force?
Whats ill informed about it? The police (and by which I mean nationwide) were quite specific when Tazers were introduced that they would be carried only by firearms officers, since that time they have been gradually increased until they are almost standard issue. " it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it." but you can't actually refute it... you mean? Here's another fact for you not to refute, the radio system used by the police is called Tetra - Guess what etra stands for? It's: Trans-European Trunked Radio. why would I use this website to support the police? Weren't my comments and that of the other posters clear in that we don't support a Paramilitary European Force? DarrenM
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1:22pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Brummie_exile says...

DarrenM wrote:
Whats ill informed about it? The police (and by which I mean nationwide) were quite specific when Tazers were introduced that they would be carried only by firearms officers, since that time they have been gradually increased until they are almost standard issue.

" it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it."

but you can't actually refute it... you mean?

Here's another fact for you not to refute, the radio system used by the police is called Tetra - Guess what etra stands for?
It's: Trans-European Trunked Radio.

why would I use this website to support the police? Weren't my comments and that of the other posters clear in that we don't support a Paramilitary European Force?
Tasers have been rolled out to frontline Officers simply because they are needed so they can do their job effectively and safely. Why do you have such a problem with frontline Officers having the best equipment to keep them and the public safe?

Tetra stands for terrestrial trunked radio by the way.

Please tell me what is so paramilitary about the UK Police because I'm really struggling to see that one.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: Whats ill informed about it? The police (and by which I mean nationwide) were quite specific when Tazers were introduced that they would be carried only by firearms officers, since that time they have been gradually increased until they are almost standard issue. " it gets more and more ridiculous the more I read it." but you can't actually refute it... you mean? Here's another fact for you not to refute, the radio system used by the police is called Tetra - Guess what etra stands for? It's: Trans-European Trunked Radio. why would I use this website to support the police? Weren't my comments and that of the other posters clear in that we don't support a Paramilitary European Force?[/p][/quote]Tasers have been rolled out to frontline Officers simply because they are needed so they can do their job effectively and safely. Why do you have such a problem with frontline Officers having the best equipment to keep them and the public safe? Tetra stands for terrestrial trunked radio by the way. Please tell me what is so paramilitary about the UK Police because I'm really struggling to see that one. Brummie_exile
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