Sara joins Secured by Design as our development Officer for the West Midlands
Sara Giles joins the official Police Crime Prevention Initiative Secured by Design (SBD) today, as our newly appointed Development Officer for the West Midlands.
Having worked for West Mercia Police for the last eight years, Sara has spent the last four and a half years as a Designing Out Crime Officer working in partnership with SBD, offering crime prevention advice in both domestic and commercial environments across the areas’ urban and rural communities. During this time, Sara has also worked closely safeguarding victims of domestic and honour based violence, undertaking security assessments and providing support and reassurance at their homes.
Sara has a Psychology degree which she achieved at The University of Wolverhampton, is well-read with a particular interest in history and has spent time travelling in Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya and India.
Having a soft spot for animals, Sara is the Deputy Chair for the Warwickshire & West Mercia Retired Police Dogs Welfare Fund, which focuses on raising funds to pay for the veterinary treatment of ex-Police Dogs once they have retired from a life of serving and protecting the public. She also helped to organise a Virtual 10K run for supporters of the British Hen Welfare Trust, to raise funds to help rescue ex-battery hens and once famously climbed out onto the roof of a police station to rescue an injured pigeon.
Sara’s own animal family consists of four cats, a three legged-dog and a flock of ex-battery hens which she rescued.
Looking forward to her time with SBD, Sara says “I’ll be covering the West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and am really looking forward to working with a wide range of organisations in this vitally important area of designing out crime”.
SBD’s regional Development Officers liaise with industry and police forces across the UK, to promote crime prevention and reduce the demands on police forces, allowing them to concentrate their activities on the areas that only they can undertake. The Development Officers also support the 200 SBD trained police officers and staff in police forces across the country who are working closely with architects, developers and local authority planners on new build developments and major refurbishments to design out crime at the drawing board stage.
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