Top cop joins Newham Council beat

5 May 2011 in Community safety and Council and democracy
Newham Council has appointed former borough commander Nick Bracken as its new director for community safety. Mr Bracken, who has been awarded an OBE for services to policing, will be leaving his current post as Commander in charge of Criminal Justice based at New Scotland Yard.

During more than 30 years on the thin blue line, he has racked up huge experience both nationally and internationally, taking part in operations across the globe.

Nick was born and bred in the area and went to St Helen’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Falcon Street and the old Plaistow Grammar School.

The 51-year-old said: “I am a Newham boy through-and-through so I’m obviously delighted to be heading back. I did my very first patrol on East Ham High Street as a special constable and that’s where I’ll do my last.

“My main priority will be to work in partnership to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and to improve the quality of life for residents and local business owners alike.”

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “I am delighted that Nick is returning to the borough. His local knowledge will no doubt prove invaluable as Newham looks forward to the Olympic Games next year and I am sure he will be relentless in his approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour alongside our partners.”

Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: “Nick’s previous experience means that the council’s already strong relationship with the police will continue to grow from strength-to-strength.”

Newham’s Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford, said: "Nick's return to Newham is fantastic news for the borough. I have always enjoyed a very close working relationship with Nick over the years and his experience as a senior police officer will prove invaluable in his new role at the council. He is passionate about the borough and his knowledge of the area is second to none.

"I have no doubt that his presence will make the already strong police and council partnership even stronger."