Ilkeston’s new police inspector is looking forward to an exciting challenge ahead.
Inspector Katie Andrews, who has three children, two sons aged 14 and 11, and a ten month old daughter, was appointed as the Erewash inspector at the start of this month.
She takes the reins from Nick Daines who was moved to Derby as part of a reshuffle by Derbyshire Constabulary due to budget cuts.
Insp Andrews has been section inspector at Long Eaton for two years and now splits her time between the two towns.
Speaking to the ‘Tiser just weeks into the role, she said: “Both Ilkeston and Long Eaton are incredibly distinct towns which have different issues but overall they have a similar make up. They both have really positive and supportive communities.”
Insp Andrews, 41, who hails from Yorkshire, joined the police more than 19 years ago after responding to an advert in a newspaper. She said: “I love working with people and like making a difference. I have always been very active and went to Loughbrough University - I didn’t want to sit in an office all day. My friend saw the advert and I went for it. Six weeks later I was in the job.”
She said she has always loved the job since she began in a community-based role in Derby East section. It is this side of the job that she thrives on. “I was the sergeant with the community partnership for two years, I’m very much into working with others to make a difference,” she says.
“One of the things I am most proud of is when I was in charge of domestic violence strategy. I did a lot of work around domestic violence, it was work I was proud of and it got a lot of people on board.”
When she has a day off Insp Andrews enjoys sports such as jogging and badminton. She married husband Ian three years ago and admits working full-time and being a mum-of three can be chaotic. “‘Bonkers’ I believe would be the word,” she said. Despite this, she can’t see herself ever wanting to do anything else. “I still enjoy it,’ she said ‘I went to Ilkeston fair last week. I love being out and about, talking to people, building contacts, saying ‘hello’ and being that friendly face.
“Nick (Daines) has done a very good job and hopefully I can carry on the work he has done in the community and area. It is a new and bigger test for me.”
Insp Andrews also spoke about changes that are being made by the force, including the closure of the Ilkeston enquiry office at the town’s Heanor Road station. Cost cutting plans have also seen Long Eaton Police Station earmarked for closure in 2018, with staff being moved to Ilkeston station.
Insp Andrews said: “The way that people contact the police has changed. The decision was a cost effective measure, the amount of people coming in was really low. There are lots of ways for the public to make contact - over the internet or by giving us a call. We also hold local surgeries and people can put their input into these meetings. It’s the way forward.”
In a column in the Tiser, she wrote: “Due to the times we live, there are bound to be some changes to policing but I can assure you that I am completely committed to ensuring that we provide an effective and positive safer neighbourhood team across the section.
“We have some fantastic teams working in the community who hold regular police surgeries and panel meetings, where we ask for your feedback about policing in your area, we would love to see you there so that you could meet and chat with your local safer neighbourhood officers and police community support officers.
“I look forward to working with you and continuing the great work that has already been achieved and making the Erewash area an even better place to be.”