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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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Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 29th May 2018 at 8:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

My first year in WMP has flown by. I wanted to be part of a force with an ethos of intervention and prevention. Joining WMP has exceeded my expectation. I’ve seen a strong commitment to our communities across the force. ACC Sarah Boycott It was a busy and eventful year to say the least. Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on and develop and programmes of work such as DDI (Data Driven Insight), Connect and Fairness in Policing, which will transform...
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Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 24th May 2018 at 13:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.  I don’t consider myself as particularly ambitious, which I know is a little odd as a deputy chief constable. I’ve never had my career mapped out and always loved the job I’m in at the time, rarely looking beyond wanting to do my best right here and now. I remember being told I needed a career plan – I avoided that task so long I got there despite one.  However, over the years...
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Reasons to be cheerful

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 03rd May 2018 at 11:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

After the first month of this financial year there are lots of reasons to look forward this year! In January we entered what is my third year as chief. If the first year was laying foundations with new vision, values and a new structure for the force then last year was stabilising and getting back on track. This year is about making big progressive strides. What makes me so energised? Firstly, persistent problems are starting to see progress. At times last year it seemed we were juggling challenges...
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