Working together to keep people safe Date published: 6th April 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

The tragic and awful events in Westminster are a stark reminder of the perils we sometimes face in the modern world where individuals are motivated to cause extreme harm based on their interpretation of an ideology.

We remain vigilant and alert to the threat of terrorism in the force. To reassure you we are working closely with national resources to take appropriate steps to keep you safe. However, we cannot work in isolation.

We have regular dialogue with our businesses and public attractions that may be seen as potentially at risk from the so called ‘lone wolf’ attacks. We also need the help of each and every one of you in our communities, so if you see or hear something suspicious, now is not the time to think twice, report it either using 999, 101 or use the Counter Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Turning to other day to day issues, road safety will continue to be one of our operational priorities for the year. We are reaping the investments we have made in new technology using our new speed vans right across the force on a daily basis to enforce the law in collision prone locations or where local people express a concern about the speed of motorists.

We have stepped up visibility outside schools to enforce parking and road safety at key times of the day. We also have trained staff locally to use and deploy new handheld digital speeding cameras.

Speed enforcement of course is an emotive issue. In my experience most people support it until they are caught! But road safety is really important to us.

We will continue to enforce the law where drivers may be impaired – either by losing concentration when they use a handheld device or whilst driving their vehicles whilst impaired by drink or drugs. The current insight on our enforcement in the Channel 5 television series Police Interceptors gives some clues about what we are doing in a broader sense to keep our roads safe. For example, targeting drivers with no insurance where evidence shows they frequently also break other motoring laws. But should we do more?

As a resident do you want to see more fixed cameras at traffic lights or on high speed roads across the force, or do you think more use of average speed cameras are part of the answer? Please let us know what you think by using the force email  

Thank you for your continued support across the County. I am really pleased to lead a force that is innovative and progressive and we can only do that with the help of our staff, partners and crucially the people in our communities that continue to allow us to police Cheshire so well with their consent.