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Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim announces retirement 

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Northumbria’s Chief Constable, Sue Sim,has announced her retirement after 30 years of service.

Sue joined Merseyside Police in 1985 as agraduate entrant, progressing through the ranks in both uniform and CIDroles.

She came to Northumbria in 2004 as an AssistantChief Constable and was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2008. Traditionally,a senior officer can only hold two chief officer posts in one force. However,the Police Authority were so determined to keep Sue in the force that theytook the unprecedented step to ask the Home Secretary for special permissionto allow Sue to apply for the position of Chief. 

When she was appointed in 2011 she was thefirst woman to lead a Metropolitan force.  

Sue is known for her commitment to neighbourhoodpolicing and it has been the cornerstone of how Northumbria has deliveredits service to the public over the last few years. That approach has seenimmense success with the force the best in the country for victim satisfactionand one of the few major metropolitan areas that did not experience publicorder difficulties in the summer of 2011.

She was also fortunate to lead the Associationof Chief Police Officers’ public order portfolio for a number of years,where she provided strategic advice at a national level. 

Sue was honoured with the Queen’s PoliceMedal in 2009 andbecame Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in 2014.

Sue and her family are settled in the regionthat they now call home. 
“I have always been warmly welcomed by thepublic here,” she explained. “They are incredibly supportive of theirlocal police and we could not achieve the success we do without them.”

This was particularly evident during thesearch for Raoul Moat following the murder of Christopher Brown and shootingof one of her own officers, PC David Rathband.  

“That was one of the most challenging timesof my career and the largest manhunt the country has seen for 44 years.I spent my time out and about reassuring the public and responding to theirquestions. Despite their concerns they never waned in their support forus and I am immensely proud of my officers and staff who went about theirroles fully aware of the threats against them, but determined to supportthe public.  That is British policing at its best, working in partnershipwith those we serve, and is why I am still so passionate about what wedo.”

More recently, Sue has had to manage a reductionof 37% from Northumbria’s budget since 2010 to the end of the ComprehensiveSpending Review  period – amounting to £117million. She has remaineddetermined to retain visible policing in communities and to minimise thenumber of compulsory redundancies for police staff. 

She said: “We have made savings whereverwe can, closed outdated buildings and relocated our teams in the heartof our communities, as well as reducing to three Area Commands. I knowthis has meant some unpopular decisions but that is what leadership isabout and I have never shirked away from those decisions. I have alwayssaid we will deliver our service to the public and maintain our high standards.However, I could not have achieved this without the commitment and supportof my officers and staff. They have been tremendous and I am extremelygrateful to them.”   

She acknowledges there have been other difficultdecisions in recent times. “One was the approach by a crime superintendentabout an intelligence led operation that might never realise any chargesor convictions. I took the step of authorising the operation and have providedcontinued support for it. That was the start of what is now known as OperationSanctuary. 

“This demonstrates us at our best, uniformand investigative colleagues working side by side to address a significantissue that impacts on all our communities.

“Another was the HMIC report into the “nocriming” of some rape investigations. I launched a far reaching operationas it was important to reassure the public that they could have confidenceto report such crime to us. 

“These decisions were absolutely the rightthings to do for the public and victims,” she added. “My motivation hasalways been, and remains, serving the public and keeping victims at theheart of what we do.”

Another highlight has been Operation Dragoon,Northumbria’s far reaching road safety programme which Sue has personallyled. “We have looked at all aspects of road safety and, in particular,raising awareness of young people who are new to driving,” she explained.

“I have been honoured to work with familieswho have lost loved ones on the roads and they have helped us get the messageout about the impact that dangerous driving can have on people’s lives.I am indebted to them for their bravery and selflessness and want to thankthem for all their support.”

Sue also acknowledged the part volunteersplay in policing. “I have always been committed to improving the livesof young people and am extremely proud to have introduced the cadet scheme,allowing young people to learn life skills and help their community. Theyjoin Special Constables who give their time freely and other volunteerswho help us on a daily basis.” 
  
Sue explained her decision to retire nowand said; “After careful consideration I have decided to retire when Ireach my 30 years service on 3rd June. My family have made many sacrificesto enable me to have such a fantastic career and it is now time to spendmore time with them. I am obviously sad to leave but it is the right timeand I am confident I have left a legacy of high performance that will continue.

“I have been extremely fortunate to havehad a marvellous career and I am as committed to serving the public asI was when I first joined Merseyside Police in 1985. 

“I want to give my sincere thanks to everyonewho has given me their support throughout this incredible journey. In particular,the public, the former Police Authority who trusted me to lead this excellentforce and supported me. I also want to thank the Police and Crime Commissionerwho has worked with me to improve the lives of our communities and victimsof crime. I am also extremely grateful to our local authorities, MPs, councillorsand the many formal and voluntary partner agencies that I have worked with. 

“Most of all I want to thank my officers,staff, special constables and volunteers. They are a credit to Northumbriaand I am confident will continue to provide our communities with the verybest service they can.”

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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Fancy being locked in a haunted police cell?

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Forget Halloween Fancy a spooky night of fun, locked in a haunted cell for 24 hours to raise money for charity. Then we have an event that is right up your street.

Following on from the success of the PC Edward Walker Tour, Jules Berry a DDO with the Met Police is back with her spooky haunted cell idea to raise money for COPS UK and WMP History Museum, That is exactly what you can do this Feb.

Met Police Detention Officer Jules Berry is arranging the whole event in partnership with the WMP History Museum and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2019, but be quick as places are limited.

Unfortunately, Police Hour will no longer be live streaming this event to our 2.5 Million Followers, But we hope our readers can still attend and support this event.

Need we say any more, Simply watch this video then sign up

Hats off to Kerry Blakeman for his fantastic advertorial.

The event is being held to support the restoration of the West Midlands Police Museum and COPS UK.

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer.

They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do?

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

What about the WMP History?

The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.

The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force’s training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.

The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.

You can also drop an email [email protected] to sign up, you must raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

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What on earth is happening in Salisbury? Two people fall seriously ill

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Emergency Services have launched a major incident after two people have fallen ill in Salisbury.

Officers have placed a cordon around Prezzo Restaurant after a man and woman were taken ill.

Police have declared a major incident. Police do not believe this is linked to Novichok.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in High Street, at approximately 6.45pm. Two people, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s, had become unwell.

Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were clinically assessed. We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation.

The major incident status has now been stood down.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing.

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of ongoing routine enquiries. All other areas that were cordoned off will now be reopened.

We’d like to thank the public for their patience as a result of the impact of this incident.

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