The new local policing area commander is out to make the streets of North and West Devon a safer place.

FROM working on high profile murders and child sex abuse cases to safe guarding our streets, meet North and West Devon’s new Local Policing Area Commander.

Superintendent Michele Slevin brings with her 27 years of policing experience, responsible for putting away ‘Britain’s worst paedophile’, William Goad, and Plymouth nursery worker Vanessa George.

Having spent the majority of her career working in serious and organised crime and detective work, she is looking forward to a new challenge.

“I have worked pretty much everywhere the force covers, including Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and North Devon,” said Supt Slevin.

“I was the senior investigating officer in the conviction of the Plymouth nursery workers in 2009 and paedophile William Goad back in 2004.

“Most of my work has been in major crime, and more latterly I was dealing with high profile murders”

Supt Slevin, 46, has lived in Okehampton for more than ten years and took up her new post with Devon and Cornwall Police three weeks ago.

“It’s nice to be working in an area I am familiar with; I was a sergeant in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe back in 1999, so it’s nice to be back in the area.

“This new role is much more about working at the other end of the scale on a community level and focuses on people and their needs, making sure everyone feels safe.

“One of the biggest challenges is with the police cuts at the moment, making sure we utilise what we have got and use voluntary bodies to help us.

“A key area we will be working on is violent crime; we need to work together with local communities and protect vulnerable people.”