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North Yorkshire Police chief’s beat pledge
2:25pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
POLICE in North Yorkshire should soon be able to spend less time at the police station and more time on the streets, the county’s chief constable has said.
Dave Jones expanded on his recent comments at the annual meeting of the Police Federation that the organisation was “far from broken or in need of a complete overhaul”.
He has pledged to make himself more accessible to officers with concerns, so their issues do not become diluted by the time he hears them.
Mr Jones said: “There’s a feeling that morale has been low for a long time. I’m not sure that is true.
“Because of the history of the last few years, I think we have become quite process driven and the process is more important than the individuals on the journey, and we need to start giving officers the tools and freedom to do the job they joined to do.”
Ideas currently being considered to help improve working conditions include accreditation schemes which would improve the skills of officers and ensure their work did not have to be checked by two or three others before it was considered complete.
In addition, improved mobile technology for all staff would allow officers to spend more time outside the police station, and complete paperwork on the go.
Mr Jones said: “If you are going to value people in the workplace they will provide better service to people and the community.
“We’ve had bad experiences with technology over the last few years, and we have to make sure the officers are fundamentally involved in the design of new technology to make sure it helps them do their job.”
Speaking about better ways of issues being reported, Mr Jones said: “I can’t help to fix things unless I know what experience is on the ground.”
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