There has been a little gap since the last blog. I have been busy writing a few others for external organisations as we try to influence the direction of the next parliament. Here is one I wrote for the Reform think tank on their report in policing.
There have actually been quite a few reports out on policing. Here are a few of the highlights:
I suspect these will all be thrown into the melting point for Police Reform as we have seen little of the next phase of the government’s change proposals yet. We have been looking at these to see how they impact on WMP2020.
I have two remaining limbs of the Blueprint to outline: Responding and Pace and Ready to Learn and Adapt. I am going to rush through these as we are now moving into a delivery phase which I want to discuss.
Responding at pace is quite simple. We are not yet quite as productive as we can be and that is not through a lack of effort! Many activities that often require a fairly short amount of activity can wait weeks or months to get done. The tasks we have to do are often way too complex. We are very tight at controlling resources to respond to calls but less so about the rest of the force. We aim to bring together a more modern approach to response policing that is not limited by geographic boundaries and a Mission Centre that will combine a 24/7 approach to intelligence.
Ready to adapt and learn is about cementing our approach to evidence-based practice and being much stronger at learning as an organisation. It is also a key area for how we develop our leadership and culture. There are some massive strengths in police culture. Our strong task focus and command style can be excellent in a crisis. We do however need to nurture some new behaviour. There is a lot of tasking and perhaps less listening and asking. We need to be much more trusting of the talented people in the organisation.
I have cantered through these as I want to tell you where we are on the programme. Two weeks ago we agreed the 33 projects that we will now be carrying out in the next two years. These projects are grouped into nine big programmes which are:
If you follow this link (PDF) there is more information on the thirty three programmes and how they are being managed.
The programmes and the 33 projects within them are now moving into an intensive phase where they will be designed in more detail. There will be an intensive 60 day design phase to outline how we think response, mission control, local policing and investigation may be best organised. The other projects will be being developed across the summer into more detailed designs by WMP teams and Accenture colleagues. To deliver the work we have formed some teams and we invited expressions of interest that led to a selection process to pick the people. Over a 100 people came forward and we will be looking to see how you all can be involved even if you have not been selected for the work. The projects will of course be looking to consult with the whole force as we work up the details.
We all have different emotions to these changes. For some of you it means exciting new IT. Some of you will see this as potentially job and career threatening. We all need to be sensitive to the different emotions change will bring to different parts of the force as we develop the details of the work.
Now I know some of you feel this has been going on for a while and want to see the results. I am very pleased to say there are two areas that will move into pilot in the next few weeks. The first is mobility with a trial starting in July with a view to selecting the route for mobility in the autumn. This will involve about a 100 users and there will be more details in the next week. We will also see digital interviewing moving towards a pre-implementation pilot. The remaining projects will very quickly move into implementation, if accepted, after the summer.
Last but not least. Last week we launched our Violence Prevention Alliance with public health. Please follow the alliance on twitter @WestMidlandsVPA and visit the website to find out more violencepreventionalliance.org. This is very exciting as we are leading the way in taking a new approach to preventing violence.
On the subject of violence I have been trying to see the Sentinel Training operational staff have received. I have seen the morning sessions but had not seen the Female Genital Mutilation input. Last week I went to see DC Gill Squires deliver an excellent presentation to nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I will be honest and say I really learned a great deal about this dreadful crime. It was reassuring to see that when HMIC visited us in June to look at FGM, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage the feedback about our position was very good. There is a lot still to do but we are doing some good work. It was pleasing to see the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel complete review on FGM and progress to a new regional Taskforce. See their report here.