Area Commander: Chief Superintendent Robert Carden
I am Rob Carden, the Area Commander for St Helens. I am
responsible for day to day policing in the area and I am committed
to making your community a safer place to live, work and visit.
Information about St Helens
St Helens Police Area is divided into five
neighbourhoods, each led by an Inspector. These neighbourhoods are
- Town Centre
- Parr, Sutton and Bold
- Rainhill, Thatto Heath, Eccleston and West Park
- Windle, Moss Bank, Rainford, Billinge and Seneley Green
- Haydock, Newton, Blackbrook and Earlestown
St Helens accounts for 13.1% of the total population of
Merseyside with a total population of 177,400. Between 1981 and
2001 the population of the Borough declined by 12,408, however in
recent years the population has stabilised. There are 72,697
households (2001 census).
The proportion of people from minority ethnic groups is
estimated to be 3.4%. Following national trends in recent years
there has been an increase in migrant workers, principally from
Eastern Europe. The Travelling communities are the largest ethnic
minority population in St Helens.
Although our overall position has improved, some pockets of
severe deprivation remain. In terms of employment 32 super output
areas in St Helens are ranked amongst the most deprived 10% of
areas nationally (Indices of Deprivation 2007).
I've set the 2012 policing priorities for the area by working
with local partners and more importantly, by listening to your
concerns. These are:
- Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
- Neighbourhood policing
- Tackle serious and organised crime
- Maintain public safety
The challenges posed by the current economic climate will not
limit our commitment to delivering excellent policing in St Helens.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the policing team in
this Area, and I am determined that we will work together with our
partners and local communities to continue to reduce crime and anti
The vision for Merseyside Police is to 'Deliver Excellent
Policing For The Communities Of Merseyside' and this forms the
basis of this plan.
See the St Helens Annual Plan