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Busy start for new policing inspector Laura Symonds




Insp Laura Symonds has come to Diss via the tactical firearms and family liasion services, among others. Picture by Chris Morris.
Insp Laura Symonds has come to Diss via the tactical firearms and family liasion services, among others. Picture by Chris Morris.

Inspector Laura Symonds has had a busy few weeks since starting her new role.

“I’ve had a busy start, but residents and partners have warmly welcomed me,” said Insp Symonds.

After getting a degree in policing from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006, and completing an MSc in document analysis in 2008, Insp Symonds has worked around Norfolk as a tactical firearms commander, a family liaison officer and hostage negotiator.

Before coming to Diss, the 34-year-old worked at Wymondham as a control room inspector.

Insp Symonds, a police officer for more than a decade, told the Diss Express that she had always wanted to go into policing.

“I like helping people in their critical time of need,” she said.

“I remember helping a family during a murder; afterwards, they said weren’t sure they could have got through it without our support.”

In her new role, priorities include reducing assaults on police officers and getting to know the community.

“I’m looking forward to meeting residents and councillors and developing relationships,” she said. “Hopefully, anyone that’s got an issue can see that they can rely on me. I may look young, but I have a lot of experience behind me.”

People will be able to meet Insp Symonds at a public meeting at Diss Youth and Community Centre on June 17 at 7pm.



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