Officers can reflect on a job well done â€“ but some of the most challenging times lie ahead, says Ch Supt Derek Barnett.
The culmination of one of the most eventful periods in the peacetime history of the police should be a time to â€œtake stockâ€ and reflect on the future, it has been claimed.
Addressing delegates at the Superintendentsâ€™ Association conference in Warwickshire, organisation President Ch Supt Derek Barnett said officers could reflect on a job well done following the success of the Olympic Games.
But he also pointed out that there were concerns about the future of the service â€“ among them the reducing number of superintending ranks and excessive hours being worked.
The President added: â€œWe can breathe a metaphoric sigh of relief â€“ officers will start to be able to get back to normal (after the Olympics) although it is going to take many months.
â€œIt is clear that 2012 is going to do down in the profession of policing as significant.
â€œWe have seen the Olympic Games and Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee, but a lot of the governmentâ€™s reform programme is also going to come to fruition this year.â€
He alluded to key changes on the cards as the first elections of police and crime commissioners in November and the creation of the new College of Policing.
With this in mind Ch Supt Barnett pointed out the speakers during the conference, running in Kenilworth from September 10-12, would include the new Head of the National Crime Agency and former Warwickshire chief Keith Bristow.
The new Chair Elect of the Police Federation Steve Williams would also be introducing himself as well as recently appointed Policing and Minister Damian Green.
In addition, a key moment for the conference would be the keynote speech delivered by Home Secretary Theresa May on the afternoon of September 11.
Ch Supt Barnett said: â€œWe have a responsibility to not only make (guests) welcome but also to challenge them, asking the question our members want us to ask.â€
Supers’ President: ‘Time To Take Stock Of Policing’