I hope that you were able to spend some time relaxing across Easter. As ever our work continued 24/7 whatever else is going on. Thanks to all the officers and staff who were on duty over the extended weekend dealing with some complex issues, and protecting local people. I found myself working supporting some of our investigation teams.
A very important date for us as a Force is 11th February 1836. On that day the very first officers deployed to police Leicester went out on the beat for the first time. Our HQ was the Guildhall, and top hats were the dress code! That means that 2016 is our 180th birthday. We will be acknowledging this with some events, and a charity initiative.
Collaboration 2015 was the topic of a meeting held at HQ last week. All the East Midlands PCCs and Chiefs explored what opportunities we have now, especially as a new software request rolls out into four forces. Our work will be supported by, amongst others, Chief Superintendent Jason Masters who has returned from a career break. It was good to welcome him back from the private sector.
Our work with health remains important. Last week I met with Peter Miller, the Chief Executive of the NHS partnership trust that provides community health and mental health services. We agreed that we have achieved a lot, not least the triage car, but that there is more to do. Superintendent Adam Streets has done some great work for us on mental health. It is such an important area that our focus will remain, supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Alex Crisp, from his office, has successfully got a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study policing and mental health in the USA, and bring back any learning to us.
Together with Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay, I met with the Chief Executive of the Leicester Hospitals to discuss demand management. It was a very positive discussion and, with the Fire and East Midlands Ambulance Services, we will be working together to increase the effectiveness of our ways of working in partnership. We will focus on overall demand, but that will include looking at how to deal better with missing people reported from hospitals.
Disability hate crime
I would also like to stress the importance of our response to disability issues, in particular, disability hate crime. It is an offence that remains under reported, and we must identify victims so that we can support them effectively. My national work on disability includes work on:
That national work now belongs to the National Police Chiefs Council, which has replaced ACPO as of April 1 2015. The NPCC will coordinate operational responses to policing issues. It will be headed by Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who was chief for Thames Valley.