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Chief Constable reflects on first 100 days in post

Chief Constable reflects on first 100 days in post

Essex’s new Chief Constable BJ Harrington has completed 100 days at the helm of the force and has been cementing his vision with officers and staff across the county.

Mr Harrington is Essex Police’s 13th officer to hold the rank of Chief Constable, succeeding Stephen Kavanagh in October.

His diary since becoming Chief has been jammed packed – meeting with partners across the county as well as holding roadshows to inform officers and staff at the force of what his vision is for policing moving forward.

He said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be the Chief Constable. Essex is a great force and the commitment of the officers, staff and volunteers is first class. It is a great responsibility to lead them.

“It is hugely important that I listen to and speak with all of the people in the force to understand their views and how they think we can improve. In this way I can ensure we are all moving forward together with some common goals and priorities that make Essex safer.

“As a chief officer team we’ve been asking much more of our staff lately and they always do their best. I know that time is often pressured and every day the people of Essex Police are managing competing demands, giving their utmost in time and commitment to do the best job they can.

“I’ve been making time to go out on patrol as well as visit various stations across the county to experience first-hand the demands those on the front line face as well as all the wonderful work that is done behind the scenes. I am very clear that every person in this force has a role to play and it is only by working as a team that we will be the best we can be.

“I have also spent time meeting with and talking with local partners. Whether as chair of the Essex Resilience Forum, working with other Chief Executives across the county or meeting and speaking to our MPs and some of our Town and Parish Councillors, I have bene ensuring I influence and play my part as a senior leader across the wider public sector partnership.

“I have been talking about what I see as the main priorities for this force and the things I think the public expect from us.

“Whilst we have many things we must do I see our main efforts should be: putting victims at the heart of what we do; identifying and protecting the vulnerable; tackling violence in all of its shapes and forms and making the wide range of work we do to keep people safe visible to the people of Essex.”

The next 100 days will see some exciting and testing times and I look forward to developing plans with the force and partners for 2019 and beyond.

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