Posted: Wednesday 27th December 2017
A New Year dawns and it’s time to close the chapter on 2017. What a challenging year it has been. The funding crisis has caused us unprecedented anxiety and limitation but we have forged ahead wherever possible, unearthing better ways of using our resources and personnel to achieve more with less.
We have a lot to feel pleased about. The start of 2017 brought us a new Chief Constable who hit the ground running. Craig Guilford’s leadership experience is just what the force needed to push the boundaries of innovation, effectiveness and value in the face of an ever dwindling budget. We’ve also welcomed a new chief officer team with Rachel Barber joining us from South Yorkshire Police as our new Deputy Chief Constable and Steve Cooper appointed as Nottinghamshire’s new Assistant Chief Constable.
These appointments have strengthened our senior officer team, giving us fresh perspective and energy to implement the changes necessary to keep Nottinghamshire as safe as possible.
This year also brought home the exceptional professionalism and bravery of our colleagues further afield, not just the police but our paramedics, military personnel and firefighters. The terror atrocities in London and Manchester reminded us of the dangerous risks our police officers face day in and day out to keep people safe and I will certainly be thinking of them at Christmas and the traumatic memories they will carry with them into the future.
The UK is living under an unprecedented threat level and the attacks in Manchester and London raised challenging questions about policing funding cuts and resilience. The debate continues about how much money policing really needs to mitigate these risks as well as those of emerging crimes such as cybercrime, modern slavery and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). As PCCs we will keep on fighting until we receive a level of funding that is just and proportionate to keep people safe.
Locally, we’re in the fortunate position of being able to resume recruitment of new police officers and PCSOs. Up to 80 police officer recruits were being sought which ultimately means there will be more officers around to help keep our communities safe. It also gives us the opportunity of increasing the diversity across the police workforce.
This recruitment coupled with our partnership work, including our new shared policing hubs keeping officers at the heart of the community, is all geared towards improving our response and visibility and getting to you more quickly.
There will be plenty more challenges in 2018, not least of all our funding situation, but recent inspections show progress is being made and we’re in a strong position to continue the good performance.
Christmas is a special time and I hope you all enjoy the celebrations safely. May I wish you all a very merry festive season and a Happy New Year.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner