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Suffolk: New chief constable unveils blueprint for future of county’s policing

06:47 09 February 2013

Douglas Paxton, the new Chief Constable for Suffolk.

Douglas Paxton, the new Chief Constable for Suffolk.

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SUFFOLK’S Chief Constable-in-waiting has outlined his blueprint for the future of policing in the county.

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Douglas Paxton was officially confirmed as Suffolk’s next police chief at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel at Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House headquarters yesterday.

The 47-year-old, who is currently Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, was nominated as the preferred candidate by Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore.

During the meeting Mr Paxton set out his priorities for when he takes office on March 4, following the retirement of the present Chief Constable Simon Ash, who is due to stand down on February 18.

Mr Paxton said among the cornerstones of his vision to take the county’s police force forward is the desire for victims of crime or anti-social behaviour to be satisfied with the service they receive from officers.

The father-of-two believes it is also possible to reduce crime further by building on the foundations set down by his predecessor. Figures released previously indicate this year has seen a double-digit decrease in reported offences.

Protecting the vulnerable, ranging from reducing the risk of serious injury or death on the roads to those subjected to serious threats or harm, is another focus for the new incumbent.

Curbing troublesome families and steering prolific offenders away from crime while working with other agencies are also near the top of Mr Paxton’s agenda.

Among the other areas to be targeted will be the problems caused by alcohol, helping those with mental health issues, and enhancing the police’s role in educating children.

Mr Paxton told the Police and Crime Panel he realised all this would be set against a backdrop of multi-million pound savings having to be made due to Government cuts.

He said: ”The difficulties are not over. I will lead this organisation with confidence and optimism, and that will be unswerving. Our staff, our partners, do not need somebody looking for excuses.

“We must make our communities more tranquil. We can’t accept we are at the mercies of a rise in anti-social behaviour or crime.”

Referring to the reputation of the police which has been clouded by high-profile inquiries nationally, Mr Paxton pledged that transparency will be a watchword under his command.

He said: “We have ended up in a situation where the public doubt the leadership and intent in the police service.

“I would like this to be the most transparent police service in the country. Part of that is for people to work with us.

“All of what we do should be part of a crystal clear focus from the public.”

Mr Paxton said although there were opportunities ahead for further collaboration with Norfolk Constabulary he very much want to ensure Suffolk remained a “sovereign state” when it came to policing.

Turning to his embryonic relationship with Mr Passmore, Mr Paxton added: “We both share a passion for this county.

“We both want to be proud of what is generated by the constabulary and its partners.

“We will not let communities down. Nothing will distract us from that.”

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4 comments

  • All sounds good but have we not been subject to promises from authorities for years and then found them unfulfilled. Suffolk Police will have less money and, I believe, the imminent importation of crime from outside the area (could say more but this paper censors things too much). The safety and security of citizens within the UK has vastly deteriorated over the years (the reality is that what was once a crime in now classified as a nuisance and what was once reported to the police is now often ignored). I am sure that Chief Constable Paxton desires to make things better but he lives in a declining nation, in reality now broke, with deteriorating standards from within the UK and crime coming from outside, and he will be fighting a battle that cannot be won. I am not a pessimist, just a realist.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • If I had seen the advert in the paper for this job I would have applied myself. I know I woudn't have got it but at least I would have had a 50 50 chance, which is good for other jobs. So Suffolk Police in these days of transparancy & openess why wasn't this position advertised???

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Could this newspaper please confirm how many applied for this job when the interview process took place and how long the this took There are strong rumours that there was only one applicant for this important position Also it will be interesting to see whether the cost of Mr Passmore and his staff is more than the previous independent regime of the Suffolk Police Authority In these austere times we the Public should be kept informed of such matters

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    Joseph Marshall

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I am pleased to see the appt of a New Chief Constable for Suffolk & also pleased to see the crime rate in Suffolk has gone down. If only that was true, I run a business in Bury St Edmunds which was burgled Aug 2012 & had over £15,000 of property taken! Initially police refused to give me a crime number & took me nearly 6 wks to be given one under great pressure from myself. The culprit has now been identified by Suffolk Constabulary but refuse to arrest or charge him! What a joke

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    Clarence

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

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