I want to start 2020 by saying thank you for the great work over the seasonal period. We came back after what is a generally a busy period in good shape. This is very much my reflection of 2019. We are all pulling together! 2020 is a big year so let me make a few points:
We are reliable: Call handling times are good. There is a good use of webchat. We are much more reliable on attendance to calls. Great work.
We are cutting crime: Homicides have reduced. Burglary and vehicle crime are falling as are firearms discharges. Robbery is static. There are promising signs on violence. Positive outcome rates in these key crimes are good. Great work.
We have challenges: There is a big pressure to reduce outstanding domestic abuse offenders. This area of demand is still going up. We want to bring more people to justice for rape. Everyone needs to support PPU colleagues who work so hard. We need to make a bigger dent in violence.
We are recruiting: We are recruiting around 24 police officers a week. That’s not just to replace leavers (PS more people are transferring in than leaving). New police staff investigators are here. Great work by all our staff in POD, shared services, corporate asset management and vetting.
Change is coming: We have not forgotten My Time is still lumpy! We are aiming to go live with Control Works soon. Things look good but we have a couple of important niggles that need to be right before we push the button. Please keep training and refreshing yourself, it is not far away. I also believe more mobile ID devices are rolling out soon alongside our mobility and MIRA books.
New direction: As promised we are about to share the next three to five year strategy for the force. More to come in February. This will help us get ready for a new PCC. The elections are in May.
All very exciting and more will follow.
Two final areas. You will see in this month’s team talk that I am writing to you all concerning discriminatory behaviour at work. It follows some high profile dismissals of staff. Much of this behaviour has been on social media or chat groups. I am setting out expectations very clearly and urge you all to have a discussion on the points raised. There is no place for this in our work.
Finally, you may have seen I have been in the media concerning the Greater Manchester review into Operation Augusta. I am one of the officers mentioned in the review from when I was a Divisional Commander (NPU) in Manchester in 2005.
I don’t intend to discuss much concerning this in the blog beyond what I have said in the media.
I have no recollection of this operation as I was not a part of Operation Augusta.
I am conscious I do not find myself in a unique position. Serious case reviews in our region often scrutinise your actions. It can be professionally very upsetting. This is never lost on me, but perhaps the experience of it reinforces this.
CSE is still a huge challenge. County lines, modern slavery, honour based violence and coercive control are very much the new vulnerabilities we need to respond to. We need to work very hard to ensure we are “preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need” and we have much to do in these areas.