PC Dave to patrol 'jewel in the crown'

PUBLISHED: 15:48 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: BUDLEIGH Salterton's new neighbourhood beat manager PC Dave Lea has described the town as the 'jewel in the crown' of East Devon. PC Lea has taken over the town's policing from recently-retired copper PC Kim Chapman and will begin on the beat from Septemb

BUDLEIGH Salterton's new neighbourhood beat manager PC Dave Lea has described the town as the 'jewel in the crown' of East Devon.PC Lea has taken over the town's policing from recently-retired copper PC Kim Chapman and will begin on the beat from September.The town's new beat manager said stepping into PC Chapman's shoes was going to be a hard act to follow but a challenge he was looking forward to getting his teeth into.He said he wanted to work with the community, supporting their local policing needs and aspirations."It's a little bit of a poison chalice, taking over from Kim Chapman!"Initially I will be seeing what sort of legacy Kim left. Obviously he did a cracking job for nine years," said PC Lea."I will be reviewing everything that's been going on. I am not one for changing things for the sake of it, but I am not afraid of changing things when it's needed. I am not one to throw a good idea away if it is working well."Sometimes it's hard to stand still and keep the status quo without letting things slip. I consider this patch to be the jewel in the crown. I never thought it would come up. Kim has been there for nine years. It was a dead man's shoes job! "It's a cracking job to get and I feel very lucky that I have got it. I hope we can do some good things. I hope to work hard with the town, so we won't fail."PC Lea joined the force in 1986. During his career he spent seven-and-a-half-years as a traffic cop, five years as Honiton's neighbourhood beat manager - responsible for 17 parishes, worked as a force press officer, on the crime reduction team and as a force events' planning officer.

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