Progression and innovation Date published: 27th January 2017 12am

Simon Byrne | Chief Constable

I am the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary. I want to use this blog to provide information on the latest goings-on and provide updates on the future direction of policing in the county

We have a key desire at Cheshire police to be seen as one of the most progressive and innovative forces in the country, not for plaudits sake, but because that means we can improve the service we provide to communities across the county. It also means we can continue to attract great, motivated people who want to work for us and who are also dedicated to keeping the county safe, day in day out. Thus a key operational theme this year will be to continue to exploit the benefits of new technologies that we have invested in. Whether it is in crime fighting technology, which reads car number plates to keep criminals off the roads, speed detection devices in our new fleet of Camera Safety vans to keep our roads safer or speeding up the pace and quality of the interactions between victims, witnesses, the general public and the force by using the new tablet devices we have recently rolled out right across Cheshire.

Officers, staff and PCSOs in your communities who are connected to the force on the new devices, should become a familiar sight. Therefore seeing officers in a café on a tablet or parked up on the roadside does not mean they are ‘skiving’ but remaining visible and accessible within your communities,  where you want to see them most,  rather than being pulled back by a 20th century umbilical cord to the police station to complete routine paper work.  

Later this year another big step will be the introduction of a new command control system. This is the computer that deals with the calls we receive from you as members of the public and then dispatches the most appropriate officer to resolve the situation. We are actually at the fore front using exciting and intuitive new technologies to improve the speed of contact with the force, as well as the response to the many crimes and incidents that we deal with on your behalf.

That said, policing fundamentally is about people. So I was really pleased to see the force ranked 16th in the prestigious Stonewall Workplace Equality Index of the top 100 employers. This signifies our efforts to be seen as employer of choice for people who come to work for us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Indeed we are the most improved organisation in the country on this key rating.

Finally, by the time you read this the PCC’s new police and crime plan and budget should be almost upon us. This signals a commitment to improve neighborhood policing, as well as sustain the gains we have made in protecting those most as risk of harm across Cheshire.

Taken together, seeing what our officers, staff, PCSO’s and volunteers do every day and a sense of optimism for the future, means that I remain proud to lead one of the best preforming forces in the country on your behalf.