Olympic Dreams and the power of hard work

You cannot fail to be moved by watching the Olympics and seeing the very human side of athletes as they realise dreams of a medal or experience the nightmare of falling short. What impresses me most about each and every one of them is that at the start of their athletic journey, success was notContinue reading “Olympic Dreams and the power of hard work”

Clears throat…I just want to say…

Diolch / Thank You We often forget the power that a simple thank you or recognition has on a staff member or colleague. Today, we’re sharing a glimpse into the reaction we had when we surprised nominees of our recent Cleveland Police Staff Awards to tell them that they had won. The categories included leadership,Continue reading “Clears throat…I just want to say…”

200,000 reasons why our work is vital to communities

What does £2m worth of drugs look like? Or for that matter, what does £2m worth of anything look like? It might seem like a strange question but in the police service we often proudly tell the world how much drugs we seize without really quantifying what it means or how it looks. The monetaryContinue reading “200,000 reasons why our work is vital to communities”

Special Edition Blog – Assaults on Emergency Workers

You will have seen coverage of a reported incident this week in which one of our police officers was assaulted. As there has been a charge on the case, I am not able to say anything further about this whilst the case goes through the court process. What I can, and want, to talk aboutContinue reading “Special Edition Blog – Assaults on Emergency Workers”

An Open Letter to our Special Constables and Volunteers

Actions speak louder than words, don’t they? In a year when pulling together meant staying apart, you answered more of a calling than a call for help when you were needed most. As members of the Special Constabulary and Volunteers, you do not get paid for the vital service you deliver which makes what youContinue reading “An Open Letter to our Special Constables and Volunteers”

Deep water and the real signs of change

This week marks two years since I started as the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police and so it feels like an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come. On the 29th April 2019 when I first looked out of the office window in Hemlington, this was the sign I saw: I can smileContinue reading “Deep water and the real signs of change”