Written By: Paul Wright 18/8/15
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.
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.”
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.
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.