Inspector passionate about road safety and tackling rural crime
THE new inspector of Eden police, Gaynor Taylor, wants to bring a focus on road safety and rural crime.
She grew up in Keswick, attending Keswick School, before going on to art college at Carlisle, and then to Cumbria University, where she completed a history degree.
She did not head straight into policing and instead worked in retail and catering in the Keswick area for a time. However, the memory of work experience at Keswick police station always stuck with Insp. Taylor. “I didn’t want to move from the area because I love the Lakes, so I just thought if I join the police and stay in the area, I could give something back to the area I grew up in and loved,” she said.
First stationed at Workington where she worked as a constable, she then went on to Maryport before being promoted to sergeant at Whitehaven.
She then took up posts at Cockermouth, Keswick, Workington and Carlisle. Insp. Taylor, who joined the police force in 2002, lives just outside Carlisle. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and at the start of the year, began doing stand up comedy, something she had always wanted to do but “never had the nerve”.
Other hobbies include touring on her motorbike and also going out cycling. Because of this, Insp. Taylor is passionate about road safety and working to tackle fatalities and serious injuries on Eden roads, especially on the renowned Hartside and coast-to-coast routes.
Insp. Taylor also wants to bring a focus to rural crime and anti-social behaviour in the towns, as well as collaborating with other agencies to tackle issues such as mental health, addiction, homelessness and re-offending. “The point of that is to deal with issues before they develop into crime or anti-social behaviour and before they have a negative effect on the local community — to try and stop it before it happens,” she said.
There are two problem solving sergeants based at Penrith who are in charge of six police community support officers, with four PCSOs at Appleby. Another three PCSOs are going to join the team in coming months.
“The first priority is keeping the people of Eden safe above all else and tackling rural crime, the road safety side of things, acquisitive crime, such as burglary and car thefts, and any sort of upsurge in crime,” she said.