New senior Bolton police officer vows: 'victims will come first'
PUTTING the victims of crime first is just one of the ways Bolton’s new superintendent plans to make the town even safer.
Supt Mark Bell has taken over from Supt Phil Davies.
The 50-year-old, who has been in the police for 26 years, will be working with Supt Steve Nibloe, who heads up Bolton’s police operations.
He said: “A forte of mine and one of the things I enjoy is working with people who can’t help themselves — who are the victims of crime.”
And one of Supt Bell’s areas of expertise, after working in Rochdale, is issues of child exploitation.
He also reduced burglary and car crime dramatically during his years at Rochdale, where he most recently worked as a chief inspector.
Supt Bell said: “In Rochdale my work was mainly operational. I did some of the prevention work around child sexual exploitation, but most of my work was around tackling burglary and vehicle crime.
“We saw a 36 per cent fall in those crimes in two years.”
He will be responsible for working with the police’s partner agencies — but stresses Bolton already has a good team in place.
Supt Bell said: “I am enjoying the role so far. The police officers and the partners are all in league and I have been to a few community events.
“I intend to get out and about in the community more.
“Bolton is fairly stable. Everything seems to be going in the right direction and crime is still reducing.”
During his career, Supt Bell has helped solve numerous murder cases while working as a detective and led the investigation into Charles Smith, who was sentenced to nine life sentences for the rape and kidnap of prostitutes in Bolton, Greater Manchester and Preston.
In addition to his work, Supt Bell has completed a number of qualifications in his spare time.
He has a first class honours degree at the Open University, a Master of Science in police science and management from the University of Portsmouth and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester.
In his leisure time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, DIY, reading and hiking with his wife. He has two daughters, aged 21 and 22.
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