Preparing for change Date published: 13th May 2015 12am
We have a lot going on behind the scenes at the moment as we prepare to change our operating structure to put our policing teams closer to the community and to provide a framework for the 130 additional police officers we will post to the local policing units (LPUs).
Further detail will take shape over the next few weeks so please keep updated on our website and Twitter accounts.
Aside from that we have held a useful Working Together event targeting the Cheshire Business Community, which provided a lot of learning and a recognition of a need to see the problem from others' eyes. Anti-social behaviour in Chester was one recurring theme and will require a clear mandate for more visible and, frankly, tougher police action as the city prepares for an influx of summer tourists. We will continue to shape the dialogue with a key part of our community, but also invite businesses to do more to help protect themselves with simple crime prevention, employee awareness and better use of CCTV and emerging technology.
Last week I spent a fantastic few hours on patrol on a rural beat with PC Mike Dawber, an individual with a great reputation and known well by the people of Knutsford he serves. Indeed, the embodiment of good neighbourhood policing. A few hours on patrol meant a chance first hand to hear from farmers about fears of isolation and vulnerability, to discover a rural England that on the surface seems little changed in 15 years, and to offer crime prevention advice to a primary school that had been burgled overnight.
From there a uniform change (sometimes I feel like that old children's TV character Mr Benn) and a thank you event with the Community Foundation at Tatton Park. This was a chance to hear about local initiatives doing well, with strong relationships with the Constabulary.
Overall, a fun few weeks! I remain optimistic about a better future for the people that work for us and those of you we’re here to protect as our new plans take shape.