The last week has provided some fantastic news for three of our colleagues who contribute to the future of the Police service, and our organisation in particular.
Monday – Fast Track programme
The week started with the excellent news that both Sgt Emma Maxwell and DS Helen Woodbridge-Swann had been successful at the National Assessment Centre for the Fast Track programme. Friday was graduation day for Rachel Swann after three long months on the Strategic Command Course.
All three have worked fantastically hard to get to this point and I wish them the very best for the next stage of their careers.
The Prince’s Trust has recently advertised for Assistant Team Leaders to support work with groups of young people. This is a really good opportunity for us all. Chief Inspector Chris Conrad has written to me to thank all our staff that took part in the practical sessions last week and also Caroline Neal for her work in setting the event up.
Tuesday/Wednesday – Police Advisory Group on Race and Equality and the Youth Commission
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I met with the Police Advisory Group on Race and Equality and the Youth Commission respectively to take questions on a range of topics, including Stop Search and how police engage with young people. We also discussed the PREVENT programme.
Thursday – Home Affairs Select Committee International Drugs Conference
Also on Thursday I was invited to the Home Affairs Select Committee International Drugs Conference in Cambridge. This was an informative day hearing from various speakers around harm reduction and discussing how the various agencies need to identify and work with those at risk from the perils of drugs rather than criminalising all. Our work on stop and search was highlighted in relation to drugs searches.
Leicestershire Police rugby team and charity efforts
I was very proud of the Leicestershire Police rugby team (@Leicpolicerugby) on Wednesday night in reaching the first national semi-final since 1974. The game was hosted by Coalville RFC, and drew a large crowd. We battled hard against a well drilled team from South Wales, eventually going down 33-5.
I have previously mentioned the charity quiz set up to remember the late Tony Merriman; I was really pleased to hear from Sheila Merriman and how much it meant to her family to see so many people at the recent event which raised £2,260 for LOROS. This means not only have they reached the target of £15,000 but exceeded it. Fundraising now stands at £16,019. I am told that, as a last act before heading to work for EMSOU, Detective Chief Superintendent Stu Prior helped his team greatly by insisting that Sigourney Weaver played Princess Leia in Alien! Luckily Stu is better at policing than he is at quizzes. I wish him well at EMSOU; he has been an absolute star here in Leicestershire.