A new safer neighbourhood inspector has been appointed for the St Albans district, following Andy Wiseman's promotion to Watford chief inspector.

Paul Caro will take on the role, having previously worked as a sergeant in the city's safer neighbourhood team.


Prior to starting his new role, inspector Caro was an intervention inspector covering St Albans and Dacorum.

Paul Caro will now be responsible for the St Albans, Harpenden and London Colney safer neighbourhood teams, and will report to chief inspector Ricky Bartlett.

Inspector Caro said: “I joined the job to make a positive difference and to help the most vulnerable. That ambition hasn’t changed and I’m especially keen to make sure, in this role, that my officers also go above and beyond to protect the safety of women and girls.

“Whilst public confidence in policing is very much in the spotlight at the moment, I feel privileged to be leading three safer neighbourhood teams with dedicated and professional officers.

"They come to work to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and help vulnerable people in our communities and make that positive difference.

“This role is very much a partnership approach dealing with longer-term issues with St Albans City and District Council and other partners and charities, so very different to my previous intervention role managing our response to 999 calls."

Inspector Caro attended Beaumont and Verulam schools prior to joining Hertfordshire police in 2007.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013, after getting the highest score in the law and procedure exam in the county.

Paul continued: "I’m lucky that I know the area really well and I care about this district.

"Whilst crime is fairly low in St Albans – prevention is best.

"The St Albans district is not immune to burglaries so make sure you securely lock your home, use timer switches and consider investing in CCTV or doorbell cameras to deter opportunist burglars.

"We continue to see thefts from motor vehicles and I cannot stress enough – please remove all valuables from your vehicle, including coats, securely lock your vehicle and report any suspicious behaviour around vehicles.”