Reflecting on my first year Date published: 23rd April 2015 12am
As I sit writing this I am reminded of the feeling on a sunny, spring day a year ago when I arrived outside police headquarters at Winsford with a pile of boxes and uniform fresh from my role working in the Metropolitan Police in London.
So, how time has flown since then!
Personally, this is a reflection on how proud I am to lead a great police force like Cheshire Constabulary. I see and hear tales every day of my officers, staff and volunteers going the extra mile to help the people we protect.
It’s been a year of real achievement too – burglary in your home is down to levels last seen a quarter of a century ago. Overall, our fall in victim-based crime is currently the largest in the country. Our timeliness, in terms of response to incidents when you need us most, is better than it has ever been. But, of course, there is more to do.
We continue to invest in technology, rolling out newly equipped cars kitted with the latest number plate and speed recording technology. These will help keep our roads safe and deter travelling criminals from making a trip to Cheshire!
On another front, next week sees our first conference under my leadership with the Business Community and my boss, John Dwyer. Vibrant businesses are crucial to the fabric of our urban and rural life. Our question is, “is our service to businesses as good as it could be?” Do we understand your risks and problems well enough? And although crime is down, can we exploit new crime fighting tactics and technology to protect businesses from the risk of crime whether you are a large retailer, a small trader or corner shop? We welcome ideas and responses so please let us know.
Finally, after the election is over, the Police & Crime Commissioner and I resume our series of Working Together events. The next one is at The Brindley in Runcorn on May 14. We will bring you up to date with our plans and ideas about local policing then. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter @CheshirePolCC.