Some very encouraging end of year performance figures were the subject of my start to the week, meeting with Warwickshire Police’s Chief Constable Andy Parker.
This was followed by a tour of the Justice Centre in Leamington, making me realise again how fortunate Warwickshire is to have this centre providing courts, CPS, probation, victim support etc all under one roof making co-operation so much easier.
Tuesday morning I enjoyed a lengthy phone conversation with a fellow independent commissioner sorting out which independents will be sitting on which boards on behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). I have become the de facto leader of the independent group.
In the afternoon I gained an interesting insight into the Parcelforce operation at Coventry Airport. All inbound parcels to the UK come through Coventry. I was shown around by UK border force staff, responsible for finding any illegal drugs/counterfeit goods/firearms etc.
Still at the airport, I met with the airport security group on which I sit. I was given a tour of the airport including seeing 2 ATP aircraft that I used to fly 23 years ago. There not as good as they were, but then perhaps nor am I!
On Wednesday I had meetings with Rod Reynolds and Gary Hollis of the Safer Roads Partnership. There were very interesting discussions about speed camera effectiveness and designing accidents out of road layouts.
This was followed by a visit from national RSPCA representatives seeking to ensure that wildlife crime is on our agenda and that we are working as effectively together as we can.
There was then a brilliant evening at Warwick School for the swearing in of 14 new special constables. I was so impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the people I met.
It was a big day on Thursday with the APCC. I’m lead independent of the 12 independent commissioners now and have been chosen as one of the seven members on the board. I’m also the regional representative on the board of the National Police Air Service. The Home Secretary has decreed that we need our helicopters organised nationally and not into ad hoc odd groupings and I now have a role in getting that organised. My Deputy Eric Wood is going to represent us on the board liaising with the LGA.
On Friday I should have had a meeting with the West Mercia team, but the horrific weather forecast put us off attempting that so we did a conference call instead. The saved travelling time was put to very good use disposing of a mountain of paperwork that has accumulated over the last few weeks.