Bodmin police welcomes new inspector

29 January 2018 Posted by

The Bodmin sector policing area has a new inspector leading it.

Inspector James Honeywill takes over from Inspector Rob Mooney as the inspector responsible for Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Insp Honeywill, who originates from St Dennis and attended St Stephen School and then St Austell College, joined Devon and Cornwall Police 19 years ago having gained a history degree from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Insp Honeywill said: “It was always my intention to join either the armed forces or the police service. Public service was always important to me and a career in the armed or emergency services suited me.  I joined the police on my 22nd birthday.”

James initially chose to be stationed in Exeter to gain experience of working in a city before he moved back to Cornwall. The majority of his police career has been spent in the Newquay area where he worked as a neighbourhood beat manager, a custody sergeant, a patrol sergeant and for the past three years has been a response inspector covering the whole county.

Insp Honeywill’s wife, Sgt Sue Honeywill, is now in one of her husband’s former jobs as a neighbourhood team leader in Newquay. Policing plays a big part in the Honeywill family. James’ brother is a custody sergeant at Newquay and his sister-in-law is on the armed response vehicle team in Bodmin.

Insp Honeywill said: “I am delighted to have moved into the sector inspector role at Bodmin. I now plan to get a feel for neighbourhood issues, demands, crime trends and the police and partner resources available to make a difference to local people. I will be attending community meetings and getting to know our partners and key community figures. When I have a fuller understanding of the issues I plan to make some subtle improvements but no radical changes. But it is important that expectations are managed taking into account the economic climate and the pressure on our resources at the moment.  I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge and will do my best for those who live, work in and visit the area.”

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