Hucknall police chief is here to stay

INSP NICK BUTLER -- staying as Hucknall's police chief
INSP NICK BUTLER -- staying as Hucknall's police chief

HUCKNALL is to finally get a permanent police chief — after six months of uncertainty

For Insp Nick Butler (pictured) has been confirmed as the commander of the town’s force after carrying out the demanding job on an interim basis since September.

The decision marks a watershed for the chief, who labelled his appointment a “dream job” when he took over.

It also marks the end of a revolving door at Hucknall police station on Watnall Road where there have been five commanders in the last three years.

Insp Butler said: “My officers and I have been working hard with the local community. There has been a lot of positive feedback and we have had some success.”

Insp Butler has been at the helm during a period that has seen crime in Hucknall drop to a record low.

But as reported in last week’s Dispatch, he is not resting on his laurels and particularly wants to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

“I am very pleased to be at Hucknall,” said the married father-of-one. “We know there is work to do but we have seen crime fall significantly. We want that to continue.”

Insp Butler joined the Nottinghamshire force in 1992 and was initially based at Sutton-in-Ashfield for six years. He then worked in CID, spending time in the intelligence department. From 2006 to last year, he worked in neighbourhood policing.

Insp Butler enjoys golf and plays the guitar and the piano.