Maintaining quality whilst managing change Date published: 18th August 2015 12am
There has been a lot publicity, and indeed criticism, recently focusing on comments about what the police service has been saying about how to manage some of the hard choices driven by shrinking budgets.
I will let you judge whether that commentary is fair and rational. However, for the avoidance of doubt, Cheshire Constabulary’s ‘We Come To You’ promise stands. For those of you who are a victim of crime and want to see a police officer in person, we will send someone to visit you – no checklists, no screening, just turn up.
We see burglary, one of the issues that has attracted the most attention, as an awful crime. Therefore we have no plans to reduce the service you can expect to receive if unfortunately you are a victim of this type of crime.
Indeed in good news terms, prompted by investment in crime prevention programmes, like Operation Shield, the chance of being a victim of crime is falling. Whilst if you’re a burglar, a relentless pursuit of wanted criminals is boosting your prospect of being caught!
From another point of view one of the things I invest a lot of time in is being out on patrol with operational colleagues, not a gimmick, but to gain first hand an insight into the issues and concerns that affect life on the frontline. After all, as a Chief Constable, I can have all the ideas, plans and initiatives you like but without effort and motivation from the officers and staff on the ground to deliver them, things just won’t happen in the way you hoped.
A recent highlight was spending a Friday night shift on patrol with one of the Roads Policing cars. An eventful night, netting three prisoners from two different incidents and a great chance to test out the tempo and morale of the force as we undergo significant change.
I am really keen to hear how you think our policing efforts are going too. The Police & Crime Commissioner and I have fronted recent Working Together meetings and a webchat to stimulate that debate, but if you have your own experience, please feel free to let me know.