Senior Police Officer Visiting Islands

Chief Superintendent Chris Boarland

The most senior police officer in the region is paying his first official visit to the islands.

Chief Superintendent Chris Boarland took up the role of Police Commander of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in May this year.

He has visited the islands before in 2004, but this is the first visit in his new role.

Chris spent Friday morning with PC Mat Collier on cycle patrol on Tresco, which included a visit to the local primary school and renewal of firearms licences.

He also spent yesterday evening in Hugh Town, on duty with Sergeant Colin Taylor.

Chris told us that, while Scilly is almost a crime-free area, the local force still has an important role to play. He added it’s one of the few areas in the force where officers still get the chance to engage in true community policing.

The visit to Scilly has allowed Chris to meet with the local team, learn about what they do and discuss any policing issues with them.

Chris said the police team in Scilly have a difficult role, especially with both living and working in the community.

And he says they have some real strengths including the very good relationship built up with the school. The islands’ officers regularly visit the school and will be helping out in Citizenship Week on the mainland next week.