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Sergeant Danny Graham from Spinney Hill Police Station visits EAVA FM

Added: Tuesday 15th May 2012 09:45:57 AM

Sergeant Danny Graham from Spinney Hill Police Station visits EAVA FM

This week 24/04/12 during police talk EAVA FM invited neighbourhood Sergeant Danny Graham from Spinney Hill Police Station into the studio. He came in to discuss his role within the community and give EAVA FM listeners some useful advice.

Welcome to police talk Sergeant Graham, tell us a little bit about yourself and your role how long have you been in a police service?

I have been in the police for 14 years. Prior to joining the police I was in the army for seven years. After a few years I joined the CID.

What made you want to become a police officer?

It's something that is very personal to everyone. When I first was in uniform, I really enjoyed it but when I visited a particular incident where a person was seriously assaulted and later died from their injuries it changed my life. I was involved in the early stages of this investigation and I seen a different side of policing. I had seen how the detectives worked on what we call a major investigation. I felt I wanted to be part of that. I made a career choice to be part of that and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It can be extremely long hours and very challenging. It takes a lot of commitment to work in the CID department.

Where did you work as CID and what did that entail?

I worked in Charles Street police station in CID and worked on a lot of major crime investigations right across the county. I was eventually promoted and worked closely with the crown prosecution service, looking at prosecution files and helping officers achieve best evidence. In 2006 I went back to Spinney Hill Park for my second time as a response sergeant and then I became the deputy there also. I had a lot of opportunity to move on and eventually went on to the community safety bureau working for Mansfield House Police Station where I worked in the hate crime arena.

What is hate crime?

Hate crimes are crimes that are committed against other people by individuals, groups or organisations. This can be anything from religion, racism, disability and sexual orientation.

What is a response centre and is it just in Spinney Hill?

What we have now is something called 'The Response Hub'. In local policing there are three main areas. There is the Response Policing. These are the police that arrive when calling 999. You have the Safer Neighbourhood Policing, which are people like myself who manage longer term problems within the community. You then have the local investigations, The CID Policing. This is the specialist side of things. Within the last year we have been working under a response hub working from the Freeman's Common area.

Does the response hub cover all areas and how effective is it?

We still have the same number of coverage regards to response officers, we have just been able to manage more appropriately with one area. Effectively nothing has changed.

What made you decide to move into safe neighbourhood policing?

I was quite keen to get back to operational policing and a neighbourhood role opened up within the Stoneygate Ward and the Thurncourt Ward which is effectively South Highfields area plus Thurnby Lodge. I've been back for a couple of years working as a safe neighbourhood sergeant. When I was promoted, I came back to Spinney Hill as a response sergeant which is something I wanted to do and personally develop. I eventually fell back in love with the uniform. I love the Spinney Hill area. I have had opportunities to move away but I enjoy my role there very much.

Thank you Sergeant Graham for your time. Do you have a final message for our listeners?

The police are nothing without the community. We need the community and are part of the community. If you have any problems, don't suffer in silence, we are here to help.

For more information just call 101 to contact the police or log onto the website www.leics.police.uk.

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