Loughborough Police Station

Charnwood Police update – August 2015

This is a brief update on my recent experiences as the Inspector for the Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area.

SARG
In June I was invited to attend SARG (Storer and Ashby Road Residents Association) at their premises at Roseberry St Peters Community Centre to share and discus issues raised by the local community.

Speeding has been raised as a problem in the area and regular speed checks are being undertaken by the beat PCSOs, Jo Pitfield and Shaheen Abdulla who have fed back the results to the local team and will also update SARG.

Shepshed
I would like to thank Shepshed Town Council for inviting me to their meeting in July. We discussed their concerns and my aim to continue to deliver local policing to the town. I welcome invitations from other town and parish councils and will attend where my duties allow.

It’s been a busy six months since changes were made to the way that Leicestershire Police deliver local policing, and I believe that my dedicated neighbourhood team are delivering a service to Charnwood like never before. They are out in your communities where I want and need them to be, finding out more about local issues.

Freshers’ week
My team and I are currently planning for events during the summer and also planning for Freshers’ week and the new university term. We are trying to ensure that police resources are in the right place to address community concerns and support new students as we welcome them to Loughborough.

Women in Policing
I am currently developing events to celebrate 100 years of women in policing. I am working with Leicestershire Police, Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) and the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) to celebrate the achievement and advancements of women since 1915. We are planning to show how the uniform has changed over the years and show the different roles women have undertaken over the course of the past 100 years.

Through the work I do around equality and diversity I am constantly learning about other cultures and gender issues, which leads to the development of the skills of my team.  Increasing our knowledge helps to solve problems in the community which was highlighted in July when I visited City Heights which is covered by the Loughborough East Safer Neighbourhood team. I was there to consult with a group of young women living at the flat complex. They described the problems that they encounter on a regular basis and the challenges they encounter and gave me an insight into their lives.

Crime Prevention We plan many crime prevention initiatives and one I would like to mention in this blog is mobile phone safety. We carry around expensive technology which has become vital to our daily lives and contains pictures and contacts that can’t be replaced but is often left without security marking or just left on a table. To help the police, register your valuables on immobilise.com the UK national property register, ensure that you have added the ‘find my phone’ app to Apple products so that they can easily be located, record the IMEI number and finally be sure you know where your phone is. We can’t avoid all crime but by taking small steps we have a chance of returning stolen items to their rightful owners.

Finally…………………. Insp Rik Basra is a Leicestershire Police who beat Leukaemia thanks to eventually finding a stem cell match through the Anthony Nolan Trust.  Rik has gone on to do great things trying to grow the donor register and help others to find a donor in their time of need. Leicester/Leicestershire is now second only to London in terms of registered donors!

During September we will be supporting the Rik Basra ‘Pass it On’ campaign which is a series of 31 registration events across Leicestershire. If you are aged 16 to 30 and are interested in registering as a potential donor, please visit this link for more information. http://rikbasra.com/

Oh and one last thing…….. On a personal note I was delighted to attend my son’s graduation from Liverpool University last week where he gained a first class honours degree in physics.

That is all for this month, if you see me out and about please say hello,

Tracey,

Inspector Tracey Willetts, Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing Area

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Chief’s Week – w/c 20 July 2015

Care of Police survivors cycle ride

I was very honoured to join the Leicestershire Team as we completed the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Police Unity Tour 2015. A group of 12 of us with a superb support team set off from Headquarters on Friday morning after a multi faith blessing and rode to the National Arboretum at Alrewas. The actual journey isn’t very far away so we went via Rugby, Stratford upon Avon and Worcester. We stayed overnight at Police Headquarters before because heading off up through the Severn Valley to Ironbridge; for those of you who are interested I can give you my personal assurance that the Severn Valley is very hilly! Cycle group

On Sunday morning we joined the COPS ride that came up from London and made up a peloton of 160 cyclists who rode into the Arboretum and joined the COPS Memorial Service. It was very touching to be able to ride with Vicky and Chris Moore, whose dad, Bryan, was killed on duty with Andy Munn in 2002. Vicky and Chris both spoke to us before the ride about what COPS had done for them and their family and it really brought the whole thing home.

Hand bracelets for cycleI had asked Sandy Burton, wife of DC Tim Burton, who was killed in 2001 in a road accident, if I could carry a bracelet with his name on it and it was very emotional to hand that over to Sandy when we got to the Arboretum. BBC Radio Leicester showed a keen interest in what we were doing which meant I was able to do live interviews from various locations along the route. I must also thank West Mercia and Warwickshire Police Forces who threw their doors open at various Police Stations which allowed some fairly tired cyclists to eat and refresh themselves.

We were warmly welcomed along the way; none more so than by Chief Constable Dave Shaw who we found stood to attention at the gates to West Mercia Headquarters as we arrived on Friday evening in what can only be described as pouring rain! Friday’s weather was not quite what I had trained for! In my mind the sun would be reflecting back off the road surface and my main danger would be overheating or dehydrating; in reality rust became a likely enemy of the ride because it poured from the moment we got to Rugby until the following day. In fact it was so cold and wet that a couple of the riders started to show early signs of hypothermia and our support team earned their money looking after them and keeping us on the road. Saturday was a much more sensible day with the sun out and a nice cooling breeze although that felt like a headwind for much of the way. When I last looked at the fundraised total we had raised over £5,000 and it has been very touching to see who has supported us. I note that a number of you have supported me for which I am very grateful.

The Team was Vicky and Chris Moore, Kev Manship, Steve Kane, Daljinder Gill, Phil Kay, Laura Millward, Emma Gilbert, Jon Whale, Ryan Coleman, Marie Collis, Bobby Moore, Michael Phillips and myself. I want to single out Pete Williams whose outstanding preparation and leadership made the event possible. Pete had even cycled much of the route himself in advance to see that we would be able to get up and over some of the hills. Of course his careful planning came for nothing when we found a road closed but he used all his skills to get us beyond this slight problem! The 160 riders riding for COPS have raised over £75,000 this year, which is almost twice the amount raised last year.

I know that Pete has plans for next year and if you are at all interested then he is the man to contact. I would also like to say thank you to those who were ‘left behind’. Roger Bannister celebrated his last weekend as Assistant Chief Constable before promotion by holding the fort and covering various Chief Officer duties, including laying the wreath in full uniform both at the ceremony and at the tree in “The Beat”, the part of the Memorial Arboretum set out for Police Officers. This enabled me to just be a member of the Team for the weekend which I must say I really enjoyed.

It was lovely to arrive at the Arboretum and see family and friends including the Leicestershire Branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) who thrust a cheque into my hand almost as soon as I got off my bike. Daljinder Gill had ridden in the name of PC John Davidson who died in a car crash in 1967. The Vice Chairman of NARPO, David Baker, received the bracelet from Daljinder as John was his best man all those years ago. I haven’t had such an emotional and fulfilling weekend in a long time.

It was particularly touching to be able to trace the relatives of Job Bennett. PC Bennett died on duty in 1881. We put out an appeal on the internet and through that, a genealogist got in touch to say that they thought that Job was related to them. Thus on Sunday morning after the service Emma Gilbert was able to present to Job’s great great granddaughter the bracelet bearing his name. Spookily, Job’s great great granddaughter Katie is married to a serving police officer, ACC Mark Hopkins of Cambridgeshire Police, who was doing the London wing of the ride!

Meanwhile the Force had what can only be described as a very busy Saturday night with a number of incidents which tested our professionalism and mobilisation into other Force areas. I am grateful to all colleagues for their commitment and efforts.

Hunting

I have found myself receiving lots of correspondence and social media contact about hunting. The origin of this is a specific issue relating to one of the local hunts. The policing of hunting have always been a challenge. During my career hunting has been legal and then aspects of hunting with dogs have been made unlawful. We have had to walk the line between two passionate advocates of alternate views. In recent months I have had correspondence from those who hunt, decrying what they perceive to be a lack of action on our part in relation to the use of face coverings by protestors. I have also received correspondence and views from protestors who feel that we don’t allow them to protest and we are letting hunts continue to break the law.

Of course the truth is, as with anything, that we will follow the evidence. We will do that without fear and favour. If offences are committed by either side then we will deal with them as we believe to be appropriate, and in the best way to bring a resolution to the problems being described. It is striking how short some people’s memories seem to be. As a Force we have successfully prosecuted those who have broken the law in relation to hunting and brought them to justice. In the deluge of comment over the weekend I seem to be the only person that has remembered that! Of course another challenge for us is how we prioritise the policing of hunting against the other calls for service that we receive.

Simon Edens and Roger Bannister

After one last fish and chip meal, DCC Simon Edens has become Chief Constable of Northamptonshire. He has been an absolute rock for us here in Leicestershire. The first time I met Simon was in 2007 and what struck me then was his integrity, his intellect and his commitment to local people. These things have shone through during his time with us and as a Deputy he has dealt with just about everything that is possible to deal with with good grace and great skill. We wish Simon well and look forward to seeing him in his new role. We also congratulate ACC Roger Bannister on his promotion to DCC. We are currently looking on how to align the work of the Chief Officer Team as there are a number of options available to us which could include sharing an ACC for certain functionalities with neighbouring forces rather than just straight replacing Roger in his role. Of course that may well involve discussions with the new Chief Constable of Northamptonshire and today is his first day!

#COULDYOU

From Monday 27 July 2015 you’ll see a preview of the specials campaign including a teaser of the new promotional video which will be fully launched soon. Keep an eye out on social media and use #COULDYOU to join in the conversation.

Pride of Leicestershire Awards CC and prize winner

I was pleased to be joined by colleagues for the Leicester Mercury Pride of Leicestershire Awards. This really showed the people of the area at their best, with huge efforts on behalf of local communities. Our own Special constable Izzy Kos, was nominated for an award.

Pride of Leicestershire group photo

 

Chief’s Week – w/c 13th July 2015

Code of Ethics

Last week saw the anniversary of the launch of the Code of Ethics. This was a huge step towards professionalising policing by setting out clear principles and standards for all of us and showing how the National Decision Model helps us to do the right thing for the right reasons.

You will have seen reference to the Code of Ethics in many of our documents and orders, at briefings and training, on our webpages and in messages such as this. From Wednesday onwards there will be more guidance and support for officers and staff to use the Code in their everyday roles.

The Code of Ethics links to “Our Duty” and how we protect our communities by demonstrating these values:

  • Respect – Treating people with compassion, empathy, listening and treating people fairly and honestly.
  • Integrity – Leadership, acting with integrity, honesty, openness, objectivity, selflessness and being accountable.
  • Commitment – Commitment to fulfil ‘Our Duty’ with confidence, dedication, courage and leadership. Commitment to our communities, our victims, and Commitment to our staff.

Inevitably, because Policing is complex, mistakes will happen. So, I urge all officers and staff to ethically and transparently demonstrate these values in their decisions and avoid making a mistake if they can, or at least show their reasons and how they have learnt from their decision if asked.

Representing the Force

The last week has seen me representing the Force at various events locally and further afield. The week started with a discussion around the Extremism Bill with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Met Police and Home Office. This has been a topic of conversation on several occasions at the meetings I have attended. How do we best show to people on the verge of extremism, of whatever sort, that there are other, better, more effective paths to take?  This will present challenges for the Police, partners and communities, but working in partnership especially through our local neighbourhood teams and Prevent programme will help reassure local people.

On Tuesday I spent the day in meetings in London in and around the Home Office. I have recently taken up, on behalf of NPCC, the role of Policing Delivery Lead for the Language Services Category within the Collaborative Law Enforcement Procurement (CLEP) Programme. This means that I am reviewing, with Home Office support, the provision for interpreters for policing. Clearly we need 24/7 access to interpreters in a variety of scenarios. Some of these are tested in Court later too. We deal with victims, offenders and witnesses, including cell block work. How best to ensure 24/7 access is a key issue, as is the price that we pay for that access. The law needs to keep pace with what technology can offer too; can we use that technology to ‘beam’ interpreters into interview for instance?

This linked in directly with my second meeting of the day with Chief Constable Sara Thornton, the Chair of NPCC and Dr Anthony Marsh from the ambulance service on the topic of demand. We continue to work closely in developing a shared position statement and summary of good practice.

The final event of the day was organised by the Home Office and allowed me to address the Home Secretary and fellow Chief Constables on the subject of ‘Local Policing’. I was able to seek the support of the Home Secretary in the transformation of Local Policing. We discussed policing at the local level, local partnership working in response to the changing crime mix, funding and capabilities, budgets and cross-force collaboration.

Prior to the meeting with the Home Office I was fascinated to read the thoughts of the Essex PCC Nick Alston in ‘The Times’. The headline read, ‘Beat bobbies are an out of date luxury we cannot afford’, this was not exactly in kilter with some of the content of the article; Mr Alston said that he did not support the total abolition of neighbourhood response teams and civilian police community supports officers as a level of visibility “gives confidence to the public”.’

On Wednesday morning (at 5am!), I felt as the National lead for Local Policing it was my place to respond via the NPCC website. Please take time to read my response.

Chief Constables’ Council

On Thursday and Friday I was in Oxford for the meeting of the Chief Constables’ Council. The agenda for this event is always very busy and this event was no exception.  We discussed a variety of issues from austerity, assaults on officers and staff through to HMIC recommendations and Child Sexual Exploitation.

Interview with the BBC Chief on BBC

On my way back from Oxford I stopped off at Market Harborough, by the station’s blue lamp, to conduct an interview with the BBC. This was in response to my article on Wednesday on the NPCC website. They were very keen to interview me as I explained that we cannot offer a Dixon of Green service in the age of Minority Report. Following on from the news that the PCC will not be standing for re-election I was also able to pass on the thanks of the Force and also the Policing Minister Mike Penning who mentioned in the Parliament the cutting edge and exemplary work that the PCC is doing.

Care of Police Survivors ride

I did find time for a quick look at the Tour de France as it attacked the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. I cycled up that in 2011. This weekend I will be trying to get up the Col du Bridgnorth as I join our team in the Care of Police Survivors ride. A dozen of us will set off from HQ to cycle to the National Arboretum for the Care Of Police Survivors service.

We will, however, be going via Worcester and the Severn Valley, which is a rather ‘lumpy’ 180 miles. ‎We will be joined by two of the late PC Bryan Moore’s children, who want to support the charity that has supported them since he was killed on duty with PC Andy Munn. We will also all be wearing a wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague; I will be wearing DC Tim Burton’s name, and his widow will be receiving it from me at the Arboretum.

Thanks in advance for any support that you feel able to give: https://www.justgiving.com/SRC4.

Chief’s Week – w/c 6 July 2015

Working a late shift

I spent some very useful time working a late shift last week with PC Rob Cross. We started our duties at Market Bosworth, which is where I spent my childhood. Rob, rather fabulously, has the same collar number as his great grandfather had when he served in the Force. His great grandfather also distinguished himself in receiving the King’s Police Medal for his bravery in 1912: outside London Road Railway Station he managed to prevent a fully laden cart causing death and destruction by grabbing hold of its horse and in effect wrestling it to the floor. King George V himself presented PC Gray with his medal!

Rob and I covered many a mile on the rural section. That included considerable time and effort spent dealing with anti-social behaviour (ASB) in our way markers at Markfield.  We attempted to resolve the issues by speaking at some length with both those believed to be perpetrating the ASB, and those who call us about its’ impact on them. It was good to see us using the way markers in the way that they are intended, and also working with partners, including the Impact team to seek a resolution. This kind of work by Neighbourhood Teams is part of our commitment to demand management. When we entered the house of one of the callers she read my name off my body armour and asked me, “Are you the chap that answers the phone when I phone 101?”

Rob and I also focussed our patrol on some of our more remote rural areas where there have been issues of lead and diesel theft. We were able to utilise the recently sponsored Land Rover so we were very visible, but not visible for the sake of being visible, visible with a purpose based on a patrol plan and a desire to engage a rural community that sometimes feel that we do not give its concerns as much priority as they would wish. I was grateful to Rob and his colleagues for making me so welcome.  As ever I came away with some organisational issues which I was able to feed back to senior colleagues. I was also able to have tea from the brilliantly named ‘The Batter of Bosworth’ chip shop!

On foot in Loughborough

I spent Thursday afternoon on foot in Loughborough Market where we had a crime prevention stall. The market was very well attended and I was able to chat with members of the public and local Councillors about their concerns. We also dispensed a lot of crime prevention advice particularly around burglary and anti-social behaviour. It strikes me that we will need to be giving out more advice about online matters as we go forward and some of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection products really help in relation to that. I also found myself dealing with the most challenging of members of the public, a 3½ year old boy named Daniel. Having established his age I asked Daniel when he was four. He replied, “On my next birthday of course!”  Out of the mouths of babes…

Braunstone

I also visited the emerging team at Braunstone. Here we have Fire and Police colleagues working hard together on prevention and demand management based at Ellesmere College. This kind of demand management builds on the kind of way marker work that I had seen earlier in the week with Rob and colleagues at Market Bosworth.

Ceremonial duties

I did a number of ceremonial duties this week. The International Police Association very kindly donated one of the IPA poppy presentationpoppies from the Tower of London which is now proudly displayed by the book of remembrance at Headquarters.

The International Police Association (IPA) is a worldwide membership organisation for serving and retired police personnel. In Section UK, membership is open to serving and retired Police Officers, Special Constables and members of Police Staff employed by a Chief Constable or other appropriately designated Chief Officer of the Police Service. The IPA provides social activities at an individual or family level – trips, holidays, sporting events, competitions and exchange visits. IPA poppy

The IPA also organises seminars on police related topics. The benefits of individual police participation are many – make new friends, learn about policing in other countries, cultures and professional practice, and receive help with travel and accommodation. For the retired police family, IPA offers another opportunity to stay in touch with former work colleagues. To mark the year in which IPA was founded, that is 1950, the Association is giving away FREE* enrolment to the first 1,950 people who apply after 1 December 2014.

Farewell Bishop Tim Stevens

I was then hugely honoured to represent the Force as Leicester said farewell to Bishop Tim Stevens. I am not sure that I have ever been to a more moving civic event. To mark his departure into retirement The Bishop physically removed his mitre and cope before leaving the Cathedral in plain robes to the applause of a packed congregation, and the many people who were stood outside watching the service relayed in big screens. Through the ‘magic’ of twitter a member of the public is asking me why on earth we were involved with such things.

During my time here The Bishop has been out on foot in the city during public order issues, has convened faith leaders to bring them together to support our work and our investigation of child sexual exploitation, and he has drawn communities together at a time when counter tChief and Jane Eltonerrorism work is crucially important.

I am not sure that every Bishop would work in such a way but we have been blessed to have a Bishop who has been prepared to go out of foot in the city when we are out there in public order kit. Hopefully this explains why we support such events. It also gave PCSO Jane Elton the opportunity to get the ultimate selfie; throughout the King Richard III services she was trying to be seen with Benedict Cumberbatch, instead all she managed was me!

National Arboretum for the Care Of Police Survivors service

Next week a dozen of us will set off from HQ to cycle to the National Arboretum for the Care Of Police Survivors service. We will, however, be going via Worcester and the Severn Valley, which is a rather ‘lumpy’ 180 miles. ‎We will be joined by two of the late PC Bryan Moore’s children, who want to support the charity that has supported them since he was killed on duty with PC Andy Munn. We will also all be wearing a wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague; I will be wearing DC Tim Burton’s name, and his widow Sandra will be receiving it from me at the Arboretum. The link will allow you to support the charity if you feel so minded. Thanks for any support that you feel able to give. https://www.justgiving.com/SRC4

Chief’s Week – w/c 29 June 2015

Busy weekend 

I’d like to start by thanking everybody who worked so hard across the weekend. Between midnight and 2am on Sunday we took 119 calls, that is a call every minute. That added to the 1,006 calls we had already received on Saturday. Colleagues in Contact Management found their new shift pattern tested very thoroughly. Colleagues patrolling found themselves dealing with all sorts of jobs; there were a number of sexual assaults, evidence of tensions between groups in the City, as well as ample evidence that the hot weather meant that ‘when the drink is in the wit is out’. I’d also like to acknowledge the work of our Signal Team who are dealing with a significant workload at the moment. Their hard work continually leads to the identification of offenders who pose a risk to local people. What they are achieving is tremendous.

Local Policing

On Wednesday I attended a Local Policing workshop at Ryton.  As the national lead for Local Policing it was refreshing to hear ideas and views from across the country, sharing ideas and looking to the future. Local Policing is at the very heart of everything we do and I am constantly leading debate on the subject and how we need work in partnership across sectors to find long term and effective solutions. To this end I will be addressing the Home Secretary and fellow Chief Constables later this month. This will be part of a wider transformation in policing where some capabilities will be collaborated and organised differently, to better support local policing. The event was memorable both for the quality of the inputs, but also for the heat!

Work experience

Last week many departments and individuals supported our work experience students.  I enjoyed hearing about the students experiences and presenting certificates prior to closing the event at Headquarters on Friday afternoon. One parent has written to me to say what a fantastic and inspirational experience their son has had. Jeremy O’Dwyer led this new way of delivering work experience, and it seems to have worked!

Messages of thanks

I have received several messages of thanks, the first from A/DCC Colbourne from Bedfordshire Police who wanted to personally thank Leicestershire Police for the support we provided to Bedfordshire Police on the occasion of the Britain First March in Luton on 27 June 2015.

This protest presented significant threats and risks, happening during Ramadan, coinciding with difficult critical incidents and following uninvited visits by Britain First to local Mosque premises and Muslim communities. The tragic events in Tunisia the day before this operation also caused concern. At such times Forces rely heavily on the assistance of the wider policing family in order to keep the peace. I am grateful for all of those who attended.

Lord Mayor’s Civic Service

I was honoured to be asked to represent the Force at the Lord Mayor of Leicester’s Civic Service. I was also asked to read an excerpt from Nelson Mandela. The words seemed very apt;

“When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that this is not the case. The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom.

Rik Basra Leukemia Campaign

As you know Inspector Rik Basra beat Leukaemia thanks to eventually finding a stem cell match. Rik has gone on to do great things trying to grow the register to help others to find a donor in their time of need. We are seeking volunteers from within the police family and beyond to help grow the register by encouraging others aged between 16-30 to sign up. Hopefully with all our links to schools, colleges, universities and our wide reach within the local communities we should be able to really help grow this campaign.  If you do feel that you could help promote this vital work simply email Rik Basra.

Farewell Stew

We started this week by saying a final goodbye to Stew Sparling in a celebration of his life at St Marys Church in Melton Mowbray. Thank you to all involved in the service, and in supporting Stew and his family. It was a very proud, sad and joyous event all at the same time. Stew’s ability to turn his illness into something positive through the Treble One Trust is an inspiration to us all.

Chief’s Week – w/c 22nd June 2015

Tunisia

The terrorist attack last week in Tunisia showed us, not for the first time, how we need to be constantly alert and vigilant. We encourage local people to use the anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321. A text phone service is available for people with speech or hearing difficulties on 0800 032 45 39 (text messages from mobiles are not accepted).

We have supported the national operation through our East Midlands regional approach to counter terrorism. Sadly the operation of repatriation of those murdered will include a number of families in the East Midlands. Our thoughts must be with them.

Operation Enamel

You will also have seen that the decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for alleged child sexual abuse offences has been reversed after a Victims Right to Review process. With a Court Case now pending it is best for us to allow the process of justice to take place. However, I would want to acknowledge the hard work of the Operation Enamel team who have continued to investigate, as they should, without fear or favour. It is perhaps time to reflect on the use of the Victims Right to Review. This is a relatively recently created opportunity for victims to seek reviews of CPS decisions on prosecutions. It reinforces the increasing victim focus of the justice system.

Mental health

Leicestershire was front and centre for its work on mental health issues again this week. I was proud to repreHouses of Parliamentsent Leicestershire Police at the House of Lords at the #rethinkyourmind awards, where I presented copies of their yellow book to artists who had contributed. Lord Patel hosted the event and I was joined by the Chief Executives of both East Midlands Ambulance Service and the local health partnership trust as we celebrated partnership working. Visit the rethinkyourmind website so that you can see what they are trying to achieve. It was an inspiring event.

Neighbourhood policing event

I also spoke on Neighbourhood Policing at an event for Police Leaders in London. Much of our work was of great interest to the audience. I covered Download festival, facial ID, Edison, partnership working and austerity. I was also able to listen to the National Crime Agency and Europol talking about digital investigation and cyber-crime. Fascinating and important work.

Treble One Trust

On Wednesday a fund raising event took place at Force HQ for the Treble One Trust. Between 10:30am and 2:00pm volunteers cycled for 11 minutes and 1 second with the intention of completing a static 111 mile event.  A special thanks to all colleagues who worked tirelessly throughout the event to time people, offer support and actively seek volunteers to take part:

One colleague cycled for an amazing 3 hours and 45 minutes during the event, supporting everybody else, clocking up approximately 60 miles. A superb effort by all, thank you.

Mixed Monday

And for those of you wondering, the helicopter landing at HQ last Monday morning contained Prince Edward, on his way to visit Leicester. Having greeted him I set off for a meeting in Rutland. On the way I came across a motorcyclist who had finished up in a ditch near to South Croxton. Fortunately he wasn’t hurt, although his bike was not looking very good. I did traffic control whilst two members of the public helped recover the bike. Within an hour I went from shaking hands with Royalty to clearing accident debris! Such is the joy of policing!

Sir Clive Loader

Finally, we send our best wishes to our PCC, Sir Clive Loader, who will be taking some time out to get his back fixed. In the meantime his office will ensure that normal business continues.

Chief’s Week – w/c 15th June 2015

Stew Sparling 111 logo

It was with a heavy heart that I was told of the untimely passing of PS 111 Stew Sparling. His courage in the face of Motor Neurone Disease has been inspirational. He has had great support from his family, but also from colleagues such as Ian McGrath and Ian Coulton. To turn his own ill health into the positives for others through The Treble One Trust tells you all that you need to know about Stew. May he rest in peace.‎ Our thoughts are with his family. I have asked that we retire the collar number 111: it seems to me to be an appropriate gesture.

Caught on Camera

Channel 5’s Caught on Camera isn’t a programme that I normally watch. It is a bit too much like a busman’s holiday! However I made an exception this week as it featured our investigation into the murders that took place in the City in the autumn of 2013. DI Simon Shuttleworth and DC Dave Greenhalgh were both interviewed. They came across as they are; passionate, knowledgeable and committed to getting justice for grieving families. Given the debate about facial ID systems I couldn’t help but speculate in my mind whether that would have speeded up bringing offenders to justice. The use of Body Worn Video was highlighted too; we continue to roll out sets for you all to access in conjunction with other East Midlands Forces.

Interpreters

You may not be aware that I am doing some work nationally on behalf of police Chiefs on interpreters. This involves working with the Home Office, and supported by our own Ian Fraser, to ensure appropriately trained interpreters are available. There is a large piece of work ongoing about best value procurement too. That meant that I was able to dial into the PACE strategy board. This is held to ensure that PACE, a seminal piece of legislation is there ever was one, is up to date. I am suggesting some changes that would allow interpreting presence virtually, rather than by attendance.

Beat Bobby of the Year

In the course of the rest of the week‎ I was able to be involved in selecting the Beat Bobby of the Year award. The standard of entries was ridiculously high. To help me choose I was joined by Tiff Lynch, Kerry McLernon, Sir Clive Loader and Mercury editor Kevin Booth. After much debate we have selected the outstanding work of PC Chris Perry from Melton. His work with local people had a breadth and depth that proved unbeatable. Well done Chris!

Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers

‎I also enjoyed seeing the national leaders of the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers, welcoming health partners to carry out a flu pandemic exercise, and opening the Loughborough University Police Research Group Conference: issues covered included custody, mental health, high risk sex offenders and burglary. A fascinating evidence base is building up on our doorstep.  Seifen

Challenge from Krefeld

In an unusual development I received a challenge to the Force to produce a soap box derby car! The challengers are from Leicester’s twin town of Krefeld, and the challenge was made by some students from their visiting HQ. A team from CMC have accepted the challenge and will seek to uphold our honour in Krefeld in August!

Leicestershire Regiment AHindoostanssociation annual service and march past

On Sunday I was proud to represent the Force at Royal Tigers Sunday in the Cathedral. The Leicestershire Regiment Association hold their annual service and march past. The obvious pride of the veterans ‎in their Regiment was reflected in the prayer to ‘have mercy on the servants of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, who out on the boldness of the Tiger in the day of battle.’ thanks to the colleagues who provided visible presence for the event. It was much appreciated by the veterans, and enabled us to explain our body worn video to the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff of Leicester, Lord Mayor of Leicester and Chairman of the County Council afterwards.

Congratulations Roger Bannister

Lastly, but by no means least, our new Deputy Chief Constable will be Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister. It was tough to decide after a very competitive process that only featured very strong candidates. I am sure that you will wish him well when he takes up the role during the summer.