Today is a landmark day for Leicestershire Police with the go-live of Project Edison.
So many of you have contributed to where we are today, working tirelessly behind the scenes towards a smooth transition. At a local level this includes our managers, Facilities Officers and Support Administrators. It has been a busy weekend and early start for some to have our resources in the right location. We have moved 102 vehicles since 4am this morning!
On Friday the Home Office Select Committee published its report in to examining how people suffering from mental illness are policed. I spoke for the entire police service of England and Wales calling for changes in the law to ensure those with mental illness are treated more appropriately.
The Home Affairs Select Committee praised the work we are doing in partnership with other organisations in Leicestershire. This is clearly a step in the right direction towards providing the right services for people who are mentally ill.
Friday was also Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) International Zero Tolerance Day, the force have launched a new guidance document to assist officers spot the signs of FGM, forced marriage (FM) and honour-based violence (HBV).
I would like to thank those officers that supported West Midlands Police on Saturday during the demonstration in Dudley. I understand it was a very long day on standby. Dudley was my final posting as Chief Superintendent with West Midlands Police. It is good that we could support the policing of my old stomping ground!
Finally, on Saturday I found myself singing ‘A Policeman’s Lot is not a happy one’ to a paying audience! Daves Leicester Comedy Festival asked me to join the Lord Lieutenant; Tigers star George Chuter and some very talented acts and choirs in a celebration of British Comic Songs.
The event was all in aid of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust. Joe was a local lad who died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in 2012. The Trust raises money for research and to train CPR in schools and sports clubs. NARPO member Geoff Feavyour sorted me out a fabulous cape, and my support band, The Simpletones, were enlisted for a few minutes. The reviews were as expected, some said ‘it wasn’t as bad as I expected’, whilst my daughter scored me 10/10 on her embarrassment rating!
However, the best singing that I heard all weekend came from Cardiff: good to hear the stadium joining in so lustily with ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’!