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#1 I.Jones

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:46 PM

NWP Special Constabulary Colleagues,

I have just taken over the Strategic Lead for the Special Constabulary from Supt Paul Breed.

Whilst I am busy getting to grips with my new role as the LPA Chief Inspector for Denbighshire, I am keen to get into my S.L role and ensure that NWP are giving you the best support and development opportunities in these challenging financial times.

My first task is to meet the relevant Divisional and Section Officers in the not-too-distant future in order to see how the restructure realignment to NPT is going and looking at the issues/concerns affecting you and your colleagues.

As such, can I ask that any current issues/concerns along with possible solutions be brought to the attention of your line management at the earliest opportunity so that they can be fed up to me.

Looking forward to working with / for you Posted Image

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Rhyl Police Station.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 09:56 PM

welcome to the team!

looking forward to speaking to you soon

Edited by GolfNovember90, 19 May 2011 - 09:58 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2011 - 10:52 PM

Welcome to the forum! It's good to see senior officers posting with us.

I also look forward to meeting you at some point.

#4 Nealeson

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:37 PM

Be interesting to see the reason for interest! But welcome anyway!

#5 I.Jones

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 05:59 PM

Neileson,

Hi.

I just wanted to introduce myself through a number of social networking sites, so that NWP S.C's know who their voice is.

Thanks to those that have taken the time to comment and view. I have a lot to learn about the S.C and will be ensuring I get up to speed ASAP.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:48 PM

NWP Special Constabulary Colleagues,

I have just taken over the Strategic Lead for the Special Constabulary from Supt Paul Breed.

Whilst I am busy getting to grips with my new role as the LPA Chief Inspector for Denbighshire, I am keen to get into my S.L role and ensure that NWP are giving you the best support and development opportunities in these challenging financial times.

My first task is to meet the relevant Divisional and Section Officers in the not-too-distant future in order to see how the restructure realignment to NPT is going and looking at the issues/concerns affecting you and your colleagues.

As such, can I ask that any current issues/concerns along with possible solutions be brought to the attention of your line management at the earliest opportunity so that they can be fed up to me.

Looking forward to working with / for you Posted Image

Ian Jones.
Chief Inspector
Denbighshire LPA
Rhyl Police Station.


Look forward to meeting/talking to you soon!

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 07:17 PM

Welcome to the site Sir and a Special welcome in the position of Strategic Lead for the Special Constabulary.

I look forward to meeting with you and working with you.

Regards

JV

#8 I.Jones

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:40 PM

Colleagues,

A short note to keep you updated.

I have a meeting with the Special Constabulary Senior Management Team at the end of this month whereby we will discuss numerous things including:

Training (Initial & Refresher)
Training Needs Analysis
Tasking and deployment post restructure
Development opportunities
Management structure
Appointment of a Commandant
Special Constabulary Annual Seminar
Special Constabulary Newsletter
Exchange Opportunities

Two weeks later I will be chairing a second meeting with the Special Constabulary Senior Management Team and LPS SPOC's to progress what has been agreed.

I'll keep you posted.

Ian.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:27 PM

Very encouraging to see that role of the strategic lead appears to have some clout. I only hope that we all make use of the voice that is the strategic lead and then we cannot complain when our concerns are not addressed and acted upon.

Full marks and lets watch this space.

One futher point, is the meeting 'open' or are we enouraged to voice our comments via this medium?



Colleagues,

A short note to keep you updated.

I have a meeting with the Special Constabulary Senior Management Team at the end of this month whereby we will discuss numerous things including:

Training (Initial & Refresher)
Training Needs Analysis
Tasking and deployment post restructure
Development opportunities
Management structure
Appointment of a Commandant
Special Constabulary Annual Seminar
Special Constabulary Newsletter
Exchange Opportunities

Two weeks later I will be chairing a second meeting with the Special Constabulary Senior Management Team and LPS SPOC's to progress what has been agreed.

I'll keep you posted.

Ian.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:09 PM

Hi Nealeson.

In response to your query, the meeting in a couple of weeks is for the SC Senior Management Team. That said, they are there to voice 'your' concerns, ideas and, as importantly, solutions to issues, so please raise any issues/concerns with your Section Officers ASAP and ask them to bring them to the attention of their ADO/DO. That way, they can be raised at the meeting, minuted and addressed. My intention thereafter, is to ensure the minutes of the meeting are accessible to you all, so you know exactly what is going on.

Finally, can I seek everyone's patience and understanding. Putting my busy day job as the new Denbighshire County Area Commander aside, I am also new to the role as Strategic lead for the Special Constabulary and learning every day. There is a lot going on and a great many people with differing (and in some cases opposite) ideas on how to improve the SC within North Wales. Whilst it will not be possible to please everyone, some we can progress, but others are beyond the control of NWP and so will be non-starters.

Again, I'll keep you updated as and when anything of interest, which is suitable for this public forum, comes to light.


Regards,

Ian.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 04:47 PM

Colleagues,

An update as promised.


Monday 27th June

A very productive, open and detailed meeting of the SC Senior Management Team with a great deal of actions allocated to attendees. The minutes are being finalised and will be published on the force intranet shortly.

Today

Another productive meeting. This time with the training department and SSF Recruitment - progress was made on a number of issues including changes to both Initial and Refresher training. When the plans are finalised in the next few week they will be disseminated.

Tuesday 12th July

A meeting will take place between the LPA SPOC's and SC Senior Management Team to discuss what has been agreed over the past few weeks and where everyone fits into the post-restructure strategic plan.


There are a number of exciting changes planned and I am looking at an SC Newsletter to keep everyone updated.

Meanwhile, immediate actions will be to advertise for an ADO for Area C (an internal advert will be sent out imminently). This will be followed shortly by an internal advert for a Special Constabulary Chief Officer.

Keep with me. We are on the right track.

Ian Jones
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:20 PM

Colleagues.

4th July update.

1) As promised, an advert for an ADO for Area C has now gone out via e-mail (internal) and will appear in weekly orders. The next advert will be for a Special Constabulary Chief Officer (aka Chief Commandant).

2) The minutes from the recent Special Constabulary Senior Management Team (SCSMT) meeting will be sent out via e-mail (internal) later this week.

3) A meeting is to be held on 12th July between the LPA SPOC's and SCSMT to progress what was agreed at No.2 above in terms of moving the S.C forward.

More updates to follow.

Regards,

Ian.J

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 04:10 PM

Sir, I am currently a Section Officer at saltney and have seen the mintues from the meeting with senior managment last week and was highly impressed and very excited with what I have seen and heard . Glad to see we are moving together in the right direction with an excellent command team :aok:

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 05:43 PM

SO Green.

Thanks for your kind words.

Whilst the SC is aligned to NPT, I have been actively seeking agreement on a number of proposals from fellow senior officers around initial modular training, mentorship training, specialist attachments away from NPT ( 6 months duration) and upskilling and if those proposals are agreed by ACPO, I will be able to share them in the near future.

My first priority, once we have advertised and selected a new Special Constabulary Chief Officer, is to get a consensus on a suitable management structure that will be needed to take both the SC and my proposals forward. This will involve looking at the number of SO's, ADO's and DO's (titles will also be changing soon to SC Sgt, SC Insp, SC Chief Insp etc) and I suspect may well lead to some opportunities for upward promotion for those interested.

I am currently seeking IT help in setting up a specific site on the force intranet for the Special Constabulary. The site will contain minutes of all meetings (to ensure transparency), a quarterly newsletter, a Question and Answer section and a section on what's occurring including requests to help police specific events.

Regards,

Ian.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:41 PM

Colleagues,

****** Following a meeting yesterday and agreement of the Deputy Chief Constable today, I can confirm that the same designation as regulars, but without the regular insignia, has been agreed and will take effect from 1st September 2011.

This means:

Section Officer will become Special Sergeant
Assistant Divisional Officer will become Special Inspector
Divisional Officer will become Special Chief Inspector

******** In terms of the SC site, we are still in negotiations, albeit the process has been delayed due to a revamp of the intranet.

******** I will be running seminars across the three areas shortly and this will be an opportunity to meet with me, your SC senior management team and SSF HR to discuss the restructure, your concerns and our vision to take the Special Constabulary to the next level. To make it worthwhile we need good attendance. Dates will be published shortly.

Regards,

Ian.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:57 PM

Ian

thank you for the continued efforts. I have read with interest the iminent changes in the infrastructure. I cannot emphasise enough how beneficial the specific 'special' site on the force intranet would be to all concerned. I regularly recieve emails from long standing 'specials' asking me questions regarding a whole host of 'where can I or how do I'...type topics. This shouldn't be the case and indeed if they had a central point of reference / website, I am sure they would benefit tremendously. I do feel that in some intstances, within NWP specials are left to their own devices and feel somewhat detached from the 'circle'. One would hope that this will not be the case for too much longer.......

Once again, congratulations on your efforts.....I watch for developments with eager anticipation!

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 06:36 PM

Colleagues,

Since taking over the Strategic lead for the SC in May, I have been working hard with SSF HR, John (Area B), Sue (Area C), Dean (Area A) and Mike (RPU) to deliver on the promises I made. I am happy to report that we, as a collective, are continuing to work hard on your behalf and the results are showing. Some, I have listed below:

1) The rank changes took place on 1st September - Section Officer to Special Sergeant - ADO to Special Inspector - DO to Special Chief Inspector.
2) The dress code for Special Inspectors and above now mirrors that of regular Inspecting ranks, save for insignia.
3) The interview for the Special Chief Officer position takes place on 30th September and is open to all Special Constabulary officers who meet the criteria.
4) The SC management structure has been reviewed and adverts for Special Sergeants, Inspectors and Chief Inspector(s) will go out once the Chief Officer is appointed.
5) The Roadshow's have now taken taken place in all areas - hopefully they were well recieved and informative.
6) The comprehensive TNA questionnaires will be processed at the end of this month and we can then prioritise additional training that you say you need.
7) The business case for a 5-day management refresher was agreed last week and will be rolled out shortly.
8) Negotiations re: six-month development secondments to Response and RPU in all three areas are at an advanced stage.
9) Negotiations re: Level 3 PSU training for SC's have commenced.
10) Regular meetings of the SCSMT are now embedded.
11) Regular meetings of the SCSMT and LPS SPOC's are now embedded.
12) As promised, meeting minutes from 10 and 11 above are circulated via e-mail so you are all aware as to what is being discussed and agreed.


Those within the NWP SC know what I need in return and if those promises are kept then we can go from strength-to-strength and ensure that the waiting list to join the NWP SC gets longer and longer.

Regards,

Ian.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:02 PM

Sir,
I am not from your force, but I have read this topic and it is brilliant to see the support that your s.c get from you!

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 09:50 AM

Great to see the continued advances and improvements.......!

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

Colleagues,

****** Following a meeting yesterday and agreement of the Deputy Chief Constable today, I can confirm that the same designation as regulars, but without the regular insignia, has been agreed and will take effect from 1st September 2011.

This means:

Section Officer will become Special Sergeant
Assistant Divisional Officer will become Special Inspector
Divisional Officer will become Special Chief Inspector

******** In terms of the SC site, we are still in negotiations, albeit the process has been delayed due to a revamp of the intranet.

******** I will be running seminars across the three areas shortly and this will be an opportunity to meet with me, your SC senior management team and SSF HR to discuss the restructure, your concerns and our vision to take the Special Constabulary to the next level. To make it worthwhile we need good attendance. Dates will be published shortly.

Regards,

Ian.


Sir, I am a special from Dyfed-Powys, just wanted to say how nice it is to see a senior officer using some form of social media to keep their specials informed of the progress being made. Also nice to see that yourselves up in the good old 'Gogledd' are mirroring what we did last year in regards to restructuring the rank or grading system for specials from section officers etc, so that it mirrors that of our regular colleagues. DPP were the first to do this in Wales and I hope that SWP and Gwent soon follow suit. We also have a special constabulary part of our Intranet and it is very useful, as a point of reference for regular officers to find their relevant SC supervisors / call signs, or for specials to see what their colleagues across the force are up to as well as being able to find notes and powerpoints on police powers etc.

With the budget cuts over the United Kingdom in the next few years, and recently with the public disorder across the country, Specials are playing a vital role in supporting the police service and the communities we serve across Wales. As the NPIA have said over the past year retention of Special Constables is one of the biggest problems we face, and forces (including DPP) need to look at how specials are managed, as we are being relied on more and more yet in my force the expectation of us is somewhat higher than practical, as we are expected to cover (on a response basis) a large policing area yet are not given the proper driving courses to be able to respond appropriately. If the appropriate training is available for such things then retention across my own force, and others if they followed suit would be greater. Better trained specials are more efficient specials.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:27 PM

cfnbryn - Thanks. You are correct and it is up to forces to ensure that their SC is given the support and training required to meet those demands and expectations.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:37 PM

Following a robust selection process, I am pleased to announce that North Wales Police selected the new Special Constabulary Chief Officer today, 30th Sept and I am confident that he will take the SC forward to face the challenges of tomorrow.

Unfortunately, I am unable to give further details as a formal announcement will be made by ACPO early next week. Commiserations to those that were unsuccessful.

The next stage is to advertise for a Special Chief Inspector for Area C and the new Chief Officer will be sitting alongside me on that interview panel.


Ian.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:44 PM

I am pleased to announce that the new North Wales Police Special Constabulary Chief Officer is Mr Colm McCabe who takes up the post tomorrow. His office will be at Wrexham Police Station, albeit he has intimated that he intends to hot desk at numerous stations to maximise visibility across the force.

Other updates:

* The advert for the Area C (Anglesey and Gwynedd) Special Chief Inspector will go out tomorrow.
* The advert for Special Inspectors in Area's B and C will hopefully go out in about three weeks.
* The five-day law and procedure refresher courses for Special Sgts and above will be advertised tomorrow and the first course is scheduled for next month.
* The data from the TNA questionnaires has now been analysed and the report containing the findings and recommendations is expected within the week. This will determine what refresher training is needed and in what order.


More to follow.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:58 PM

Colleagues,

Given that NWP have now taken on a new Special Constabulary Chief Officer, I will leave it to Mr McCabe to provide updates as he deems appropriate. As such, I am bowing out so will not be posting any further updates.

Regards,

Ian.







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