Rise in rank for Newark and Sherwood police chief Heather Sutton

There’s been a change at the top for policing in Newark and Sherwood following the promotion of Heather Sutton to chief inspector. After 2 1/2 years as divisional commander for Newark and Sherwood, Chief Inspector Sutton is moving up after coming top of her promotion board. She is now chief inspector for Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe.

Chief Inspector Heather Sutton. Chief Inspector Heather Sutton.

She has been replaced in Newark and Sherwood by Inspector Charlotte Allardice.

“I came from a city and a firearms’ background and had my eyes opened to a different way of policing in a big geographical and rural area,” said Heather.

“I have really enjoyed working with all of the teams.

Inspector Charlotte Allardice (left) has taken over as divisional commander for policing for Newark and Sherwood from now-Chief Inspector Heather Sutton following her promotion. Inspector Charlotte Allardice (left) has taken over as divisional commander for policing for Newark and Sherwood from now-Chief Inspector Heather Sutton following her promotion.

“Everyone I have worked with has been passionate about the area they serve. Most of the cops here live on the patch so care deeply about what happens here. “I have enjoyed the interaction with the public, which is more common than in the city, and them holding us to account in person, through Facebook or in their letters to the Advertiser.

“Even when it has been a negative it has started a two-way conversation, which is something that I really believe in.

These are really engaged communities, which shows just how invested they are. “Operation Vow couldn’t have happened without public input and the intelligence provided from within the community. “There were a lot of County Lines drugs gangs operating in Newark in 2019 and much fewer now.

That doesn’t mean that drug-dealing has been eradicated, but it does mean it happens less. “We’ve had the Safer Streets initiative, which has delivered significant results. According to the survey 86% of people felt safer as a result, and that is amazing.

“It goes to show what can be achieved when people form partnerships and work well together. “Our relationships with our partners here is really strong, the councils, fire service, all real healthy support, but hold us to account when we’ve needed it. “Operation Magna targeting fuel thefts on the A1 was sold to me as the unsolvable problem but we have made massive progress and for the last two nights (as of Friday) there were no thefts and, in the past, there could have been three or four a night.

“We came up with a plan to deal with HGV fuel thefts and have prosecuted a number of people.

“I feel maternal over the area, but I know that I’m leaving it good hands with fresh ideas while still having involvement in my new role.”