New Chief Officer for Essex Police Special Constabulary
Essex Police Special Constabulary's new Chief Officer is looking
forward to unprecedented challenges.
Above: Chief Officer Leon Dias
Leon Dias, 40, says: “I am immensely proud to be taking over as
Chief Officer of Essex Police Special Constabulary. We are the
second largest Special Constabulary in the country, which is
testament to my predecessors, who I would like to thank for handing
it over in such a strong position.
“It is a challenging time – we, like every other division,
department and directorate, are undergoing radical change to meet
the demands brought about by last year’s Comprehensive Spending
“Although the Special Constabulary isn't in a position to make huge
cost savings – as we are volunteers anyway – we are taking the
opportunity to review our cost-effectiveness and productivity so we
can ensure we are in a position to support Essex Police as the
force continues to provide the quality of service the people of
Essex have come to expect.”
Mr Dias, who took up the
reins on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 has been a Special for 15
years – starting out in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, before moving
back to serve in his home town of Colchester 13 years ago.
Last year he was promoted to Assistant Chief Officer, leading on
planning the Special Constabulary’s role in Operation Cabinet,
(police action to keep the peace during the site clearance at Dale
Farm travellers’ site), the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as
the force’s Reform Programme.
He says the need for change brings new opportunities for
Work is already ongoing to examine how the Specials can add
value to the joint Kent and Essex Marine Unit ahead of the London
2012 Olympic Games, provide additional resilience to roads policing
and our Reponse teams and be used as a tactical response to major
incidents and identified crime trends.
Mr Dias says: “The London 2012 Olympic Games will show our
strength. Assistant Chief Officer Derek Hopkins and I are already
fully engaged with the Essex Police 2012 Planning Team as to how
best we can support the force at this key time and I know that
every Special is excited to be part of this historic event.”
Mr Dias has two children, aged nine and six, and says that, with
his commitment to the Special Constabulary, his family
and work as a partner in the family business running
residential care homes for adults with learning disabilities in the
Colchester area, he doesn’t have much time for other interests,
although he is a keen skier.
• If you are interested in finding out more about becoming
a Special, contact Essex Police Special Constabulary support
co-ordinator Denise Maynard on 101 ext 110010