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North Yorkshire Police chief in pledge to get tough on criminals
NORTH Yorkshire Police should become a service the public love and criminals fear, the county’s chief constable has said.
Dave Jones, who was appointed to the force in April from his previous posting in Northern Ireland, spoke at the annual meeting of the Police Federation to address concerns throughout the force and the media which he had been made aware of.
His appearance came within days of the Federation claiming nearly 80 per cent of officers described themselves as having low morale, but Mr Jones said the force was at a point where improvements could be made, and said senior officers would liaise more closely with front line workers.
He said: “This organisation is far from broken or in need of a complete overhaul. We have a firm foundation on which to build and improve.
“When you raise an issue, that is the same version I need to hear, not the manure and roses scenario, I need to hear the true picture, not what people think I want to hear. So I give you my commitment today that my senior leaders and I will work hard to be more visible and accessible to our frontline officers and staff.”
Mr Jones also said he wanted the force to become a “more personal, professional and protective police service where the public love us and the criminals fear us”, but accepted the changes could not take place overnight, and saw the improvements as “a three to five year journey.
Addressing specific concerns raised by officers, he said: “You have told me you do not want Compulsory Severance. Let me tell you, not on my watch.”
He also pledged to “challenge red tape”, and acknowledged the frustration of some officers who felt the force was “too risk-averse”.
Mr Jones said: “I agree, and I am challenging senior leaders to free staff up to make decisions locally.”
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