Meet Colchester’s new District Commander
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston started his first day in his new role on Monday, March 18, after 15 years with Essex Police.
Talking about his new role, he spoke of the importance of communities working together to keep each other safe.
Chief Insp Huddleston said: “I’m excited about this new chapter in my policing career and I’m looking forward to helping to make Colchester a safe place to live, work and visit.
“I have undertaken a number of roles both uniform and detective across my career and bring a range of experience to Colchester.
“I’m passionate about policing and in particular policing in Essex, my home county.
“I’m a firm believer that while my officers will be the first to respond to your calls for help, we are all responsible for the communities in which we live, and it is only by working together that we can reduce crime and grow our sense of community.”
Chief Insp Huddleston joined Essex Police in 2004 as a probationary Police Constable working in Benfleet and Canvey before moving over to Canvey CID in 2007. He has worked in a number of roles across the south and west of the county.
Chief Insp Huddleston added: “I'm looking forward to delivering policing in the one area of Essex I have never worked.”
He also worked within the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate managing proactive teams to disrupt gangs and county lines and organised crime groups, involved in modern slavery and human trafficking, the importation and distribution of drugs, firearms, and serious acquisitive crime.
Chief Insp Huddleston moves over from our Crime and Public Protection Command where he was responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
He was the region’s domestic abuse lead, helping to provide specialist support and safeguarding to victims while bringing offenders to justice.
This work included trying to help abusers recognise the harm their behaviour causes and undertaking work to change their behaviour to prevent re-offending.
Over the past few years, Chief Insp Huddleston has worked in partnership with many different organisations to ensure there was a joined up approach to minimise risk through physical, mental, sexual, and criminal abuse.
In his spare time he enjoys running, road biking and helps manage a scout group.
Chief Inspector Shaun Kane has moved in turn, moved over to the Crime and Public Protection Command.