New inspector at Bury St Edmunds police station faces up to new challenges
The new inspector at Bury St Edmunds police station knows all about what it takes to get the job done across the county.
Andy Beeby is a long-serving member of Suffolk Police, having joined in 1998, starting out in the Shotley Peninsula near Felixstowe and most recently working as a manager at the Police Investigations Unit based in Rougham Road, Bury.
Living just outside the town, and with a background in armed policing, since taking up his post at the station just over a couple of weeks ago, he has been liaising with staff and getting the groundwork in to understand the problems that need to be tackled.
“We have an anti-social problem in the town and begging and that’s one of our priorities,” he said.
“As any town or community there are always going to be problems with drug dealing. That’s another priority.
“And we have an ongoing problem with anti-social motor vehicles in the town.”
Despite the current challenges facing his team, Mr Beeby agreed that compared to other areas across the UK, Bury was a low crime area.
However, he said: “Our focus is with keeping it that way and keeping it a nice place for people to visit.”
Bury St Edmunds police station has close links with the Business Improvement District in the town and PCSOs that directly report to the town council, and Insp Beeby, 47, said he had been speaking with those bodies since starting.
“It’s early days at the moment and I am very much bedding in,” he said.
He added: “It’s all about partnerships.”
Mr Beeby said he was genuinely ‘absolutely loving’ the new role and the challenges it had been conjuring up.
Finally, when asked why he got into policing, and his overarching philosophy on what being a good police officer meant, Insp Beeby said he took a familial approach.
“It’s about making a difference,” he said.
“I always like to think about dealing with people like how I would like my nan to be dealt with, and I think if you have got those values that is how you will make a difference.
“Treat people how you would a member of your family.”