Edwards New Sussex Chief
Police Authority appointed 48-year-old Joe Edwards as the new Chief
Constable of Sussex, succeeding Ken Jones who will shortly take up his
appointment as president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Mr Edwards, who has been the Deputy Chief Constable of the force for three
years, will take up the post in February next year.
Peter Jones, chairman of the Authority, said: We have every confidence
that Joe Edwards will provide the leadership that Sussex Police will need
to implement any changes which arise from the Governments review
of police force structures. He has been fully engaged with Ken Jones and
the Police Authority in delivering the improvements in performance and
the high standards which have been seen in Sussex in recent years.
Mr Edwards will have the full support of the Force in working with
our various partner agencies to build on the Police Authority's commitment
to neighbourhood policing and the good work done across the Force.
Mr Edwards said: We face enormous change over the next few years.
I am determined that our commitment to quality of service to communities
across Sussex remains undiminished. I know I can rely on the support of
the Authority, our staff and Sussex partners in the continued development
of high performing neighbourhood policing, building on the success achieved
under the exceptional leadership of Ken Jones.
He will assume the role of Chief Constable on February 17th, 2006.
Beaton New Head of ACPO IMBA
Beaton, the Mets Director of Information has been elected
Head of the Association of Chief Police Officers Information Management
Business Area (IMBA).
The role will involve working with the IMBA portfolio holders for Communications,
the Police National Computer, Information Security, Data Protection &
Freedom of Information, Futures, In-Service Systems, Emerging Systems
and Criminal Justice IT, to develop national policing information management
Miss Beaton was elected on a manifesto of working to affirm the crucial
importance of Information Management in the business of policing, and
IMBAs role in building the national consensus needed to secure the
shared standards and infrastructure for information, IT and communications,
which can make information sharing and joined-up IT systems a reality.
Ms Beaton replaces Tom Lloyd, former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire
Constabulary as Head of ACPO Information Management Business Area.
Langham-Fitt Deputy Chief of Suffolk
Langham-Fitt has been promoted to deputy chief constable of Suffolk
police after carrying out the role on a temporary basis since the
As Deputy Chief Constable, he will have responsibility for the Constabularys
Human Resources and Corporate Development departments, which oversee areas
including training, professional standards, best value, media relations
Mr Langham-Fitt, who joined Suffolk Constabulary in 2000 as Assistant
Chief Constable, said: I am delighted to have been appointed Deputy
Chief Constable and look forward to the challenges which come with
my new role.
As people will know, the police service is facing some major changes.
My priority now is to take a lead in ensuring that the people of Suffolk
continue to receive a top quality policing service both now and in the
Police Authority Chair Gulshan Kayembe said: We are very pleased
to have appointed Mr Langham-Fitt; he is an experienced officer who has
demonstrated his commitment to community policing and we are confident
he will continue to make a major contribution to policing in Suffolk.
Head of ACPO Roads Policing Business Area
Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, is the new head
of the ACPO roads policing business area. ACPO has announced.
Mr Hughes' appointment takes effect from November 2005 and will run for
up to three years. His appointment comes after his ACPO colleagues unanimously
supported his nomination.
Mr Hughes said: I am delighted to have been appointed as head of
roads policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Modern roads policing is much wider than just speed enforcement
and speed cameras, it's about keeping the public safe, developing expertise
in accident investigation and fighting crime both on the roads, and in
the wider community.
Roads policing is an immensely important business area and I look forward
to putting it at the heart of the policing agenda.'
Assistant Chief Constable for Norfolk
Wilkins has been appointed assistant chief constable of Norfolk constabulary.
Mr Wilkins, who joined the Force in 1976, has been Acting Assistant for
the past 11 months. His appointment followed on from open advertisement
and an intensive programme of interviews and assessments.
Stephen Bett, Chairman of the Norfolk Police Authority, said: Kevin's
appointment is well deserved. In my 10+ years on the Police Authority,
I have seen him grow and develop into a well rounded officer who is very
capable in all facets of the job now expected at this senior rank. He
knows Norfolk well and has the capability of taking us forward at this
crucial time of potential structural change.
Carole Howlett, Norfolk Constabulary's Chief Constable, said: I
am absolutely delighted with Kevin's appointment. He was a very impressive
candidate who demonstrated the skills and experience to build upon the
performance successes the Constabulary has enjoyed as well as deliver
a quality service for Norfolk.
Mr Wilkins has served his entire police career in Norfolk and has worked
in all parts of the county in uniform and specialist roles. He has previously
been Commander of the Southern Division based at Thetford and Area Commander
for Eastern Area based in Great Yarmouth. He was responsible for the Force
Service Delivery Review in 2000 which established the current policing
structure for Norfolk.
He will have overall responsibility for organisational support including
Human Resources, ICT, Corporate Development, Legal Services and Professional
Standards. He will take up his new position with immediate effect.
Officers Nominated for Diversity Award
police's Insp Mark Watson and Pc Pete Jones have been nominated for an
award in recognition of their diversity work.
The twosome, who are based at Northwich Police Station's Partnership Development
Unit, are finalists in the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity
category in the 2005 Justice Awards.
Earlier this year they discovered their work, which is primarily focused
on Gypsy Traveller issues, has also earned them a nomination for a Jane's
Police Review Gala Award.
Insp Watson said: Our team was the first in the whole Force to have
a dedicated Gypsy Traveller Liaison Officer. Since then, the way we deal
with Traveller issues has developed and improved significantly. The fact
that all this work has been recognised in this way is a real result.
Pc Pete Jones, Cheshire's first ever Gypsy Traveller Liaison Officer,
said: When I first started this role, there was no other role to
compare it to and this meant the future of it depended on how successful
my work was.
I think the way relations between settled communities, the police
and Gypsy Travellers have improved in Vale Royal shows there was definitely
a need for this post and I'm glad other people seem to think so too.
The bobbies find out if they've beaten off opposition from other diversity
officers around the country at an awards ceremony in the capital on November
Ministers and other senior officials are judging the awards which include
categories such as Outstanding Achievement in Caring for Witnesses and
Victims and Outstanding Contribution to Tackling Youth Crime.
Chief Supt Tim Jackson, who heads up policing in the Western Area nominated
the officers for the award. He said: I'm extremely proud of these
officers. They have done innovative work in what is widely recognised
as one of the most difficult areas of the diversity field.
They have initiated new procedures for dealing with unauthorised
encampments and informed a review of Force policy. They are now involved
in both training and advising other Forces and agencies and are recognised
as experts in this area of work. I wish them the best of luck for the
Director of International Operations
Francis Kennedy has been appointed Director of International Operations
for Cozart, the medical diagnostics company.
Paul Kennedy, 60, who is British and based in Paris, has worked with Cozart
since October 2004 on a consultancy basis.
He worked with the company on the recent acquisition of the Spanish medical
diagnostics company, Spinreact SA, announced 30th September 2005, and
the acquisition of Medib Scandinavien in June 2005.
Previously President of Novo Nordisk France and Marketing Director for
Abbott France, Mr Kennedy has considerable experience of acquisitions
and mergers in the sector and running international operations thus augmenting
Cozarts strategy of international expansion.
He has 30 years experience in the European pharmaceutical and medical
technology industry and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Hodson New DCC for West Yorkshire
Hodson is set to become the new Deputy Chief Constable for West Yorkshire
when she takes over from Philip Brear who becomes director of operations
for the new Gambling Commission next month.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police Authority chair, said: As
might be expected with one of the largest and busiest Forces in the country,
the quality of candidates was excellent, making the decision a difficult
Were confident that we have appointed the right person to
continue rolling out Neighbourhood Policing in West Yorkshire whilst at
the same time sustaining the Forces excellent performance on crime
Ms Hodson joined the Merseyside Police in 1982 and spent time in Uniformed
Policing, Personnel, Road Traffic, Complaints and Discipline and the Control
She transferred to Greater Manchester Police in June 1995 as a Superintendent
working in the Development and Inspectorate Branch and Uniform Operations
and as Commander at Wigan Division.
She then moved to Lancashire Constabulary taking up the post of Assistant
Chief Constable with responsibility for Human Resources and Training and
subsequently became ACC Operations. She is currently Acting Deputy Chief
Ms Hodson said: I am looking forward to joining West Yorkshire Police
and serving the people of the county. My job will be to continue the good
work already done in reducing crime as well as improving the quality of
the policing service received by members of the public. I am also very
much looking forward to working with the Chief Constable, Colin Cramphorn
and members of the Force.
Grant New General Secretary of SPF
Scottish Police Federation has appointed Joe Grant as the new general
secretary to replace Doug Keil who retired from the police after reaching
30 years service.
After a 24 year career as a Federation representative, 14 years as the
General Secretary, Doug said:
I have been hugely privileged to work for the members of the Scottish
Police Federation. I am delighted Joe has been elected my successor as
he has a firm grasp of the important issues and all the attributes needed
to take this job on.
My baptism was the Sheehy Inquiry, Joe is facing another round of reforms
no less challenging but he has a good team of representatives around him
and I am sure he will do a great job.
Joe Grant joined Strathclyde Police in 1981 from the cadets. He was elected
to the Federation in 1991 and for the last 6 years he has been the Secretary
of the Strathclyde Branch. In July of this year he was elected to replace
Doug as the Deputy Staff Side Secretary of the PNB. Joe said:
I am looking forward to the many challenges ahead. It seems the
Government is determined to implement further changes to pay and conditions
and virtually every other aspect of the job is under review of some sort.
It is important to me that everyone who wants to change things remembers
the officers of the Federated ranks. They do the job, they know what is
required and they must be listened to. Doug Keil's service to the Federation
and the police has been immense; I wish him every happiness and success
in his retirement.
Anthony Burden Joins Reliance
Anthony Burden, former president of ACPO and chief constable of South
Wales has become deputy chairman of Reliance Security Services
Limited and Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd.
Commenting on his appointment, Brian Kingham, Reliance Security Group
chairman, said: Sir Anthony will be an inspiration to helping us
develop high value-added technology and support service solutions that
will assist the police and other agencies in achieving the demanding targets
that lie ahead.
His experience in working with private sector partners in developing
crime prevention solutions will help us contribute as active members of
the wider policing family.
Female Police Officer Posted to Air Support Group
Police Air Support Group has welcomed its first female crew member at RAF
PC Joanne Bruder, 38, was selected for the posting to the Air Support Unit
following a rigorous selection process which culminated in a two week long
Air Observer training course in December 2004. She was posted to the unit
in August 2005.
Joanne is the first female police officer to be posted to the Air Support
PC Bruder said, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to experience
policing from this interesting and exciting angle. It is a completely different
opportunity which will enable me to see the whole force area in one day.
Sgt Simon Kelly said, Jo was selected on merit amidst a highly competitive
selection process and is a great asset to the Air Support Group. I look
forward to working with her.
'Best Call Centre Manager in Europe'
title of best call centre manager in Europe has gone to a Staffordshire
police staff member.
Pauline Smith clinched the title at the European Call Centre of the Year
awards beating nominees from 500 organisations.
Pauline who narrowly missed the title in 2003, said she was overwhelmed
by the award. Much hard work has been undertaken to achieve our
current call handling standards and I am indebted to our teams which carry
out work which can be very challenging on daily basis.
Pauline is currently seconded to HMIC thematic inspection on national
call handling practice, but is expected to return to force in November.
The force was also short-listed for an award and came sixth for the implementation
of Siemens Hi Path ProCenter to integrate 999 and non-emergency
Geoffrey Dear OmniPerception Chairman
Geoffrey Dear, a former HM Inspector of Constabulary, has been appointed
chairman of the board at OmniPerception Ltd,
the leading facial biometrics and computer vision company, it has been
Sir Geoffrey will help the company realise its full potential in the ever
expanding market place of computer vision.
Sir Geoffrey said he was thrilled to be joining the company
at such time.
The UKs experience in tackling domestic terrorism and urban
crime, supported by innovative academic research and well-placed commercial
investment, ideally positions OmniPerception to become the world leader
in surveillance and identity screening technology.
Sir Geoffrey is the former chief constable of West Midlands police.
Appoints New Sales Director
the intelligence management software company, has appointed a new sales
director to spearhead UK and European growth.
Mark Gibson will take over the role in a bid to boost the company's sales
in UK and European markets.
Mr Gibson has over 12 years experience in the European IT and media space.
Commenting on his appointment, David Carrick, Memex's managing director,
said: Law enforcement agencies and businesses are demanding increasingly
sophisticated tools to effectively manage and share intelligence in the
fight against crime.
A third of UK forces use Memex technology. The Bichard inquiry and global
crackdown on terror has led to an increase demand for national and international
solutions for intelligence-led policing, says the company.
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Deputy Chief Constable Simon Taylor (pictured) has received the President's
Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to Women in Policing from the
International Association of Women Police (IAWP).
award is given to leaders and officers who have made a significant contribution
and commitment to the recruitment and advancement of women in policing.
Mr Taylor's nomination was based upon a letter written by Superintendent
Sarah Francis from the Norfolk Constabulary and sent to IAWP.
President of IAWP, Terrie Swann, said: Deputy Chief Constable Simon
Taylor's commitment to the instruction, mentoring and advancement of women
in policing is inspiring and exceeds all criteria for special recognition.
It's our honour to recognise Mr Taylor for his consistent, unwavering
and continuing support of women in policing.
Simon Taylor said: I'm very grateful to accept this award, but this
success is also about the achievements of many unsung heroes. It's a celebration
of our accomplishments that we've made together.
We still have a journey to travel with many challenges ahead and
if we continue to keep our aim straight and our focus clear we shall continue
to make that difference.
Chairman of the Norfolk Police Authority, Stephen Bett, said: We
offer Simon Taylor our sincere congratulations on receiving his award.
It's a proud moment for not just him, but also the officers and staff
who have helped make a contribution.
The Authority would also like to pass on its gratitude for the efforts
Simon and his team have made in terms of the recruitment and advancement
of women in policing in Norfolk.
Jones Next President of ACPO
Jones, chief constable of Sussex police, has been announced as the next
president of the Association of Chief Police
Officers following a ballot of all ACPO members.
Mr Jones will take over from current holder Chris Fox next April who welcomed
Ken will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to ACPO.
Mr Jones said he intended to 'champion' modernisation and much needed
change in way which 'acknowledge our traditions, values and ethos.'
Mr Jones was appointed chief constable in 2001.
Position for David Mulhern
Mulhern, former deputy chief constable of Central Scotland police, has
become the interim senior strategic officer for the new Scottish
Police Services Authority, announced by the Executive in August.
The Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) will ultimately assume responsibility
for range of policing services currently provided by Scottish Police College,
Scottish Criminal Record Office and Scottish Police Information Strategy,
as well as developing and providing a new national forensic science service.
It will also maintain the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (formerly
Mr Mulhern's successor is expected to be in place by the end of November.
Until then Norma Graham, the assistant chief constable, will carry out
the role with chief superintendent Colin Mather taking over as temporary
assistant chief constable.
Central Scotland police chief constable Andrew Cameron said: I am
sure everyone would wish to recognise the contribution made by Mr Mulhern
over the past 18 months and I wish him well in his new position.
North Wales police call-handling
supervisor has scooped the runners-up prize at the annual Call Centre
Managers Association's awards in London.
Sarah Portlock was named second in the 'Team manager of the Year' category
after being short-listed for the award from sixty nominations from the
public and commercial sector. She was the only nominee from a police force.
Sarah, who has worked for the North Wales police for nine years said:
The call industry is an industry within its own right and it was
a great honour to be recommended.
Judges commended Sarah for her organisational skills and her calm manner.
Stevens Becomes Non-Exec at LGC
Stevens who retired this year from the service, will be a non-executive
Director of LGC. His appointment reflects the close interest he took in
the development of forensic science during his distinguished service.
Ian Kent, Chairman of LGC, said:
'We are delighted that Lord Stevens will be joining us at a time when we
are planning to expand our forensic services both in the UK and in Europe.
'We believe that he will have an important role in enabling the company
to identify and develop areas in which LGC´s strong technology base
can contribute analytical expertise to the criminal justice system.'
LGC supplies forensic services to law enforcement agencies, government departments
In addition to its traditional forensic activities, such as document examination,
toxicology and the analysis of controlled drugs, LGC has been at the forefront
of the use of DNA technology, and the investigation of digital crime.
Jones is new APA Chairman
Jones has been elected as the new Chairman of the Association of Police
Authorities at the APA's Annual General Meeting.
Mr Jones has been Deputy Chairman of the APA since 2004 and is a member
of the West Midlands Police Authority.
Commenting on his election, Bob said:
'I am honoured to have been elected by my police authority colleagues
as chair of the APA and to have the opportunity to lead the organisation
at this important and challenging time.'
The APA AGM also commended the exemplary work of their chief officers
and police forces for their outstanding response to the events of last
week. The leaders of all police authorities united in
The APA also urged all police authorities to monitor closely any local
tensions and take steps to work with all their communities to reassure
and bind them together in these difficult times.
Police Chief is DMU's New Head of Security
Former Chief Superintendent of the Leicestershire Constabulary Kevin Burrows
has taken up the position of Head of Security at De Montfort University.
He will bring 33 years experience to the role, as he heads security operations
at the University, covering the Leicester City campus and the Lansdowne
and Polhill sites in Bedford.
Mr Burrows said: 'My appointment at DMU is part of a longer term strategy
of ensuring DMU is a university of choice.
'I hope to continue to make the campus a safe environment for students,
staff, visitors and members of the public.
'As the Leicestercampus expands with the Masterplan development to
regenerate the area, I will be working with the DMU community which includes
staff, students and commercial businesses on site, and other partners including
the police, to achieve this.'
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