Bracknell's new police inspector Dave Bryan vows to make town safe
Published: 5 May 2013 09:001 comment
"A CRIMINAL record will stick with you for 100 years" - that is the message to young people from Bracknell's new neighbourhood police chief.
Inspector Dave Bryan has been a police officer for 25 years and stepped into the role of neighbourhood inspector for the borough last month.
His duties include overseeing Bracknell Forest's PCSOs and neighbourhood teams, as well as keeping crime down.
But his main focus, he says, is helping children and young adults, in particular, campaigning against bullying.
The 46-year-old Bracknell resident said: "Being in this role is about making sure that, along with CID, crime is detected and prevented.
"My active engagement is to try and deflect kids from getting involved in crime. Bracknell has a fantastically low crime rate but I want to make sure that my town is safe for my children - which naturally incorporates all the kids here."
One thing he is keen to implement is regular team visits into local schools. It's not just about standing outside, but being part and parcel of the school," the dad-of-four explained.
"Kids need to see PCSOs as a matter of course, someone they can talk to about anything. I want to explain simple things, like if you pick up a criminal record - no matter how low - that will affect your employment later. The Government has recently moved the goalposts so if you get a record it sticks with you for 100 years. What you do as a 14/15-year-old may have an impact on whether you want to be a lawyer, work in a bank or visit America."
Inspector Bryan told the News that he is very much a 'people person' and is keen to work with youngsters, the elderly and vulnerable people to reassure and protect them.
He said: "The reasons I wanted to join the police force haven't changed from when I was a kid until now.
"I'm anti-bullying and my whole goal is to protect people that can't protect themselves."