Thursday, 12 January 2012


I've just entered the Keswick to Barrow run. I was hand picked for the team from South Cumbria Police - honestly! I'm either brave or bonkers - probably the latter...

It's worth having a look - people tell me it's a fantastic event.

Good Police work in Barrow

Some details of really good police work in Barrow can be found on this link:

Thursday, 5 January 2012

What's all this about.....?

Just another reminder about the purpose of this blog. It's all about being transparent and another opportunity to speak to people about policing. If you have a view about policing or want to respond to any of my views, please feel free to post a comment. Also, if you are a serving police officer or member of police staff and you want to comment, please do so.

Using this type of media does not replace anything done previously. It's free and takes very little time.

Best regards.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Policing South Cumbria 2012

Why should people care about policing in 2012? There is a great deal of genuine concern from people about how our society is changing. For example, unemployment is increasing and I know through contact with my own friends and family that there are many youngsters out there facing unemployment. There are also many facing financial problems through redundancies, pay freezes, inflation etc.
Policing is important because a safe community is the bedrock to building a genuine quality of life. Without law and order, communities fragment, people become isolated and do not prosper. People who have been a victim of crime know how devastating a crime can be. So, policing is more important now than any other time in my view.
I genuinely wish out local politicians well, both MPs and local councillors, in working towards an improved South Cumbria and they have my full support. We need to work together and with other agencies to improve employment opportunities, housing and health. It's my responsibility to lead a local policing service that works with those partners and drives down crime, allowing people to feel safe.
South Cumbria is now safer than ever before as we have seen crime fall year on year. More recently, across South Cumbria there have been over 300 less crimes and 2000 less reports of anti social behaviour compared to last year. There will be no complacency on our part in maintaining those trends.
As I have said many times previously, the strength of our local police service is that we have many officers and staff who work hard and are fiercely proud of serving within Cumbria and for that reason alone, in 2012 we will succeed.