Chief Constables: The Results of Interviews with the Chief Constables
All the Chief Constables talked of the changing nature of the role with increased accountability, fewer resources and many spending less time in the rank than their predecessors. Both the structure and the level of accountability have changed considerably over the last 5 years. However, the Chief Constable still represents the force for that area, as Chief Constable 1 (CC1) remarked the Chief sets the ‘tone of service’ for the force. This particular Chief like many of those interviewed saw themselves as a ‘steward of the organisation and their desire was to leave it better after their time in the top post’. Policing the past and dealing with cybercrime and terrorism were all areas of concern that could harm the reputation of the force if not dealt with effectively. The risk involved in all levels of policing from public order to firearms incidents is high, and the public correctly expect a high level of professionalism from the Police.
KeywordsPolice Officer Direct Entry Moral Courage Chief Officer Chief Inspector
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