Chief’s blog – Tuesday January 20, 2015

Tuesday’s meeting of the regional Chief Officers presented a chance to take stock of some of the significant developments designed to improve the way we work here and across the East Midlands. A key area of work comes under the banner of “Transforming Summary Justice”, which will see us shift towards “paperless” prosecutions and streamlined court processes, ensuring defendants wishing to plead guilty can do so and be dealt with at earliest opportunity.

This also presented an opportunity to raise the issue of call times to CPS Direct and to discuss the implications of digital evidence sharing in sensitive cases, such as child abuse and CSE investigations.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham joined us to outline the key themes for next year’s PEEL Inspections, which will focus upon understanding and managing our demand and how forces ensure productivity. Throughout we must maintain the integrity of crime data and ethical recording. These have been the underlying principles of the new changes to the Force.

Mike Penning, the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, was keen to discuss the work of regional collaboration when we met at FHQ on Thursday. In the afternoon he saw for himself one of the ways in which we are improving victims’ services when he travelled to Keyham Lane to see Project 360, the multi-agency team which supports victims of sexual and domestic violence. To read more click here.

The same day I attended Chief Constables’ Council at Ryton to finalise the transition from ACPO to a new body, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which will take effect in April. The NPCC will be responsible for co-ordinating all areas of operational policing, working closely with the College on education, setting and maintaining high professional and ethical standards within the Police Service. I will remain the national lead for Local Policing and Partnerships and for Disability under the new arrangements.

During the course of the last year many of you will have been involved in incidents or investigations in which members of the public demonstrated tremendous courage. Those selfless acts are recognised annually at the National Police Public Bravery Awards, providing an opportunity for the Service to show our appreciation of acts of heroism. Last year thanks to you, DCC Edens presented two Leicestershire people with Silver Medals for tackling violent offenders.

If you would like to give someone you know a deserving pat on the back for an act of bravery, please click here to see the criteria and complete the nomination form.

Heroism – of the sporting kind – is the closing theme of this week’s blog.

The same could be said of the force rugby team. You might remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned their upcoming clash with West Midlands Police in the Area Final of the Police Sport UK Cup. Well … they did it! For me there was a personal edge, having grown up in Leicestershire and started my career in the West Midlands. At 27-31 down defeat looked on the cards, but victory went, in the last minute, to Leicestershire, scoring in the final play of the game to take a famous 34-31 win. . A tremendous effort by all and especially sweet against my old force. They go on to the final stages of the national competition with their heads, and hopes, high.