“I was born, grew up and went to school on the patch,” explains Inspector Jamie Campbell when discussing why his new role as Hull North commander means so much to him.
With an area covering Kingswood, Sutton, Bransholme, Orchard Park, University and Newland, Insp Campbell is really looking forward to making a difference to the neighbourhoods both he and his officers call home.
“Hull North is not just a place of work for me and my officers, it is also our community – the place we were born, grew up and live. We have a real drive and passion to make a difference and improve the area for everyone.”
After leaving school, Insp Campbell spent three years serving in the Royal Air Force before joining Humberside Police. He has since spent the whole of his near-20 year service working in various frontline operational roles across Hull, as well as in investigation teams and proactive roles.
“I’ve worked at every neighbourhood station it its current for as both a PC and a sergeant. Therefore, I have a good understanding of the wants, needs and demands that Neighbourhood Policing brings.”
While acknowledging that policing priorities within each ward will be reviewed and change periodically, Insp Campbell explains where his primary focus will be.
“My priorities are simple: my team and I will work with partners and the communities to target those who persistently cause crime and anti-social behaviour.
“I understand and often feel the frustration some people may have when they are affected by crime and ASB. All I ask is that people continue to contact us and raise their concerns. Without this information, we are unable to identify and deal with the issues affecting the community in the most effective ways.”
Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) focus on issues that affect the community longer term and use problem-solving approaches to tackle residents’ concerns. These methods often involve a multi-agency approach – something Insp Campbell is keen to engage with.
“I’m looking forward to working with all of our public sector partners, other key stakeholders and the communities so that we can all work together to celebrate and promote all of the good things that already happen on a daily basis within Hull North. Working together can really help tackle the underlying issues that cause crime and ASB.
“Early intervention will play a key part in our approach so that we can identify, work with and divert those who are vulnerable away from criminality. We are particularly focused on those who are at risk of child criminal exploitation (CCE) or child sexual exploitation (CSE).
“We want to break the cycle for the next generation, and build safer, more resilient and self-sustaining communities across the north of Hull.”
It is clear that Insp Campbell is passionate about improving the lives of everyone in the area and will not be deterred by bumps in the road.
This dedication to his city stretches beyond work, too: “I’m a season-ticket holder at Hull City and have followed them home and away since I was around 10 – pleasure or pain (you decide!). I used to be a decent footballer back in the day, but my ankles are now made of glass so won’t stand up to anything more than a kick around in the park with my kids.”
Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams are approachable, so if you see them out and about, come and say ‘hello’.
“I am eager for my team to have a visible presence and play an active part in the local community.”
You can call our non-emergency number 101 to report an issue, but always call 999 in an emergency or to report a crime in progress.
There are many other ways to keep in touch with your Neighbourhood Policing Team. You can drop in to a police station and ask to talk to one of the neighbourhood team, or sign up to a local Independent Advisory Group to have your say on policing in the area.
“I would encourage everyone to sign up to My Community Alert. This allows us to directly send information to you about issues in your area and what we are doing about them.
“We will also be out and about conducting Humber Talking. This gives people the chance to meet their local officers and tell them about the problems they face. It allows us to then target those issues. We have visited more than 6,500 houses on Orchard Park alone.
“I would really recommend our communities share their concerns with us and allow us to work with you and others to tackle those issues.
“At the end of the day, we’re here to do a good job for our local community in the best way we can.”
To find out more about the local issues facing your area and to keep in touch with your local team, head over to our local website.