This week’s Chief Constable’s blog is a bit of a contradiction in terms as it has been prepared by the Deputy Chief Constable!
Starting my new role as DCC last week – Monday 27 July 2015 saw a couple of days with the Chief before, on Wednesday, he said he had simply had enough and declared he was going on annual leave (turns out it was a pre-arranged holiday after all).
Police Knowledge Fund
I am pleased to confirm The East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) bid to the College of Policing/HEFCE Police Knowledge Fund has been approved for £862,620. This is a really exciting time as it is hoped EMPAC funding will be able to drive forward a regional programme of work providing a strategic focus for policing-related academic research and policing practice. Thanks are expressed to everyone involved in this bid.
Men convicted of the murder of Hayley Pointon
Late Friday afternoon saw a jury at Leicester Crown Court return a guilty verdict on two men charged with the murder of Hayley Pointon in Hinckley in 2013. Another man was convicted of Assisting an Offender.
This case was complex, hard to investigate and to say it is a great result is probably an understatement on account of the impact on Hayley’s family.
Earlier in the 8 week trial, I had managed to get to spend a little time in the back of the court room and typically found it very interesting. All the best to the Op Milestone Team and particularly DI Tony Yarwood and DS Mark Ringrose.
Saturday brought the 30th Leicester Caribbean Carnival to the City – my first one and a privilege to say a few words in the opening address accompanied by the PCC. A massive thank you to all the very many staff involved – I spoke to some and I enjoyed a bite to eat in Victoria Park – jerk chicken, goat curry and plantain particularly good.
I wish Chief Inspector Neil Newell well as he retires from the Force to undertake new challenges in the world of education. Neil’s last date of service is 7th August.
Neil has been pivotal in his work around the Change Programme/Edison and the Chief Constable presented Neil with a Chief Constable’s Commendation at recent meeting in recognition of this work.
On Wednesday 5th August we are launching the Specials recruitment campaign. As before, you can join in the conversation with #COULDYOU. You will also be able to view the promotional video which shows six Specials currently serving with us in their roles. It’s a great insight into the role of a Special and how they balance their time between protecting their communities and being employed elsewhere or bringing up a family. Details of how to join the Special Constabulary, which is open to police staff as well, can be found at leics.police.uk/couldyou.
The Matt Spradbury Summer Fete
Finally I wanted to help publicise what sounds like a really good event. The Matt Spradbury Summer Fete is to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August from 11am to 5pm at the Vipers Rugby Football Club, Blaby bypass, Whetstone. If you are able to go along and support this worthwhile cause please do so.