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Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 02nd November 2018 at 9:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

I want to use this blog to ensure you get a clear view from me on where the force is. The last few weeks has seen a great deal going on nationally, and in force, and I want to help put this in context. The financial position of policing nationally is coming to a critical juncture. The National Audit Office (NAO) Report on Police Financial Sustainability 2018 largely says policing is showing the strain of austerity which is falling unevenly. As the graph shows, West Midlands Police has suffered disproportionately. The...
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Brilliant team work during a summer of high demand

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 29th August 2018 at 13:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week I came back to work after a period of leave. I left in a red hot summer and stepped back into an autumnal August. The heatwave certainly made us very busy and I am grateful for the brilliant team work we have seen across the force to help us deal with a very high period of demand. Last weekend was difficult and sad. The tragic double murder in Solihull touched most of us in some respect, whether it was trying to help the family come to terms with their tragic loss, reassuring the community,...
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A hot few weeks and a long blog

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 27th July 2018 at 15:10 - Posted in Police Blogs

Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction. As Chief I am never really off duty and the great weather at a personal level is lovely but it heralds increased demand on us. We have stepped up some of our contingency planning to meet the demand that is hitting the force and indeed police forces across the country. We have a tendency to consider the demand on us as exceptional and indeed on some days it is. I am afraid, since really 2017 onwards, I have come to regard this...
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Conversations, reviews and operational issues

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 02nd July 2018 at 15:34 - Posted in Police Blogs

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover. I promise to be brief!! WMP Conversations Remember the People Deal was about what you can expect from WMP and what WMP expects from you. The blogs from the other Executive Team members reflected the objective setting that is underway for senior staff under the WMP Conversations work. The Executive Team objectives have been set and these are cascading down to senior leaders. We will be rolling out conversations...
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Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 29th June 2018 at 15:47 - Posted in Police Blogs

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My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 08th June 2018 at 9:53 - Posted in Police Blogs

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people’s lives.  As I have grown (much!) older, and I hope (a little) wiser, my core values have remained unchanged; a strong desire to protect vulnerable people, bringing a focus on intervention and to deliver through the talented teams I have the privilege...
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Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 06th June 2018 at 11:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve. I’ve tried not to just consider a year’s worth of activity but to try and embed some practices that will take us beyond this period. Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann 2017 was an incredibly difficult year for the CT network; five terror attacks left behind numerous victims of these appalling crimes. It is with this in...
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We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 04th June 2018 at 7:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services. My team are leading, delivering or supporting lots of large WMP2020 projects as well as maintaining their commitment to business as usual. WMP can only continue to operate effectively and efficiently if my team make sure all of our ‘assets’ are to the right standard, in the right place at the right time. Assets are our physical resources, be that vehicles, budget, equipment, buildings, systems, etc. That’s what my team do. Neil Chamberlain,...
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Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 01st June 2018 at 9:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too. If I honestly reflect on why I wanted to join it was about having an adventure underlined with a purpose – making a difference.  I was at Birmingham University and the idea of being paid to catch a burglar felt like an incredible opportunity.  Sometimes through our careers that purpose can get lost in the business and politics of policing. We can spend time on...
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The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 31st May 2018 at 7:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next. I’m very proud to work for WMP and to have the opportunity to create and lead a new function – People & Organisation Development – POD! –  although I realise not everyone knows what POD is and what we’re here to do. Ali Layne-Smith, Director of POD POD was created in 2017 by pulling the parts of the organisation that focused on our people into one place. That...
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