Top female detective and gender equality campaigner to become head of Camden police
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Camden’s top police officer has announced he will be leaving his role after three years and will be replaced by a senior female detective with a history of tackling gang crime.
Chief supt Richard Tucker, who arrived as borough commander of Camden in 2012, will be taking up a new job for Waltham Forest police at the end of September.
He featured prominently in recent BBC documentary series The Met: Policing London and has become a well-known face in the community after attending multiple public meetings to address recent concerns about a perceived rise in crime in the borough.
In a statement, the Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board wrote: “We are very sorry to hear that Richard Tucker will be moving from his post. Richard is much liked and will be missed.”
Jessica Learmond-Criqui, who chairs the Frognal and Fitzjohns Safer Neighbourhoods Panel, added: “I for one am very sorry to see him go as he has been an excellent borough commander for Camden but wish him all the best in his future career.”
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Chief supt Tucker’s replacement will be chief supt Penelope Banham, who last year left a role with Wandsworth police to work at the police’s aviation security unit at Heathrow.
Her time at Wandsworth saw the jailing of a violent moped gang responsible for a spate of thefts that targetted women pedestrians – a type of crime that has plagued neighbourhoods in Camden.
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An active gender equality campaigner, she was this year given a “special recognition” award by the British Association for Women in Police, recognising her “passionate support for the retention and progression of female officers and other under-represented groups” in the police force.