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  1. Promotional images accompanied the introduction of the new uniform Date - 15th November 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 14 Comments A force which introduced baseball caps last year for cost and comfort, is to bring back custodian helmets. Northamptonshire Police moved away from the traditional headgear in May 2017. A statement at the time outlined a number of apparent advantages including equalising safety standards between men and women and removing recruitment barriers for the non-binary transgender community. Today Chief Constable Nick Adderley, who took over at the force in the summer, announced on Twitter that the uniform will change again. He said: “As part of my new approach to policing across Northamptonshire Police I have taken the decision to phase out the baseball caps worn by officers. “I do not believe that the caps portray the right image of the force and the public support this view. More to follow.” He added: “Further to the phasing out of baseball caps, frontline officers will no longer be issued with yellow tac vests. “All officers will be issued with black tac vests as well as fluorescent over-clothing where required.” Updated 4.15pm: But in a further statement later this afternoon, the chief announced that bump caps will continue to be worn by response and specialist officers after all - for safety reasons. He said: "Response officers, and specialist teams – those that face hazardous conditions on a daily basis – will continue to wear the bump cap in their daily role, and wear more traditional headgear when they conduct another role or when attending meetings, training etc. "All officers have had the option of choosing their headgear from the options available to them, and this will always be balanced against the role they perform. "Having listened to the views of my officers and staff, and those of the public of Northamptonshire, I am happy that we have found a middle way." The force has not responded to questions about its previous statement that the hats would help remove barriers for transgender and non-binary recruits. View On Poice Oracle
  2. The new man in charge of Northamptonshire Police spoke to Police Oracle about the challenges facing his force. Chief Constable Nick Adderley Date - 4th September 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 3 Comments A force may have to change how it delivers policing following the effective bankruptcy of a local authority, its new chief says. Northamptonshire Police has added the local county council’s financial challenges to its risk register of threats – believing it could further stretch the already strained level of law enforcement resources. New Chief Constable Nick Adderley told Police Oracle: “Unless things change considerably with the funding formula and central grant we’ve got some significant challenges coming down the line with the difference in crime types and collateral demand that’s inevitably going to come our way from the council. “We’re so concerned about [the council] that I put it on the force risk register which articulates what we consider the strongest threats facing the force.” In a wide-ranging interview with this website, the chief touched on subjects including plans to change the force set-up so that it’s organised on a directorate structure – with the force broken up into response, community partnerships and other such areas – and moving straight from assistant chief to chief constable. He listed council-run services like rehabilitation programmes for drug and alcohol intervention, youth services and homelessness as areas which could raise major issues for police. “If we are not careful we’ll start to create a vacuum or a void that will be filled by people that we don’t want people to fill it. We’re watching it very carefully,” he said. CC Adderley added that, while he is awaiting a meeting with the council’s chief executive, he understands there’s no bailout available – which may well mean the force has to adapt in response. “We won’t be coming out to low level shoplifting, we won’t be coming out to where cars have been stolen from and all the rest of it. Those are the decisions we’ll have to take to free up officers to deal with some of these things, so we’re watching it very carefully,” he said. Asked about the potential public outcry about police not attending such incidents, he stressed the importance of being honest and clearly telling people what can be done and what cannot. “Without getting political around this, the issue for the taxpayer isn’t necessarily for us, we can only do what we can do with the money that we’ve got available,” he said. “The first thing I will be doing is consulting with the public when we get to those really difficult decisions we need to make. “Yes, you’re going to get mixed views, you’re going to outcry from some quarters, but I think if you involve the public they will, in the main, understand.” But the chief, who says he is spending as much time as possible on patrol and in departments and, later spoke about moving away from a mentality which states “we’re a small force and we’ve got no money” when trying to think of innovations to help it improve. He said: “I don’t subscribe to that. We may be a small force, however you define that, but we’ve got some big force issues that we’ve got to deal with – county lines, drugs gangs and all the rest of it. Let’s focus on the money that we have got, which this year is £118 million, and what we’re going to do with that.” CC Adderley, a former Staffordshire assistant chief constable who also served in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, is now in his fourth week in his new job, one he got ahead of three other candidates. On the leap in ranks, he said: “It is a fair jump but I think the role of chief constable is very different to that of an assistant chief or even a deputy chief. I don’t feel I’m disadvantaged not having been a deputy because the roles are so different. “I think what they were looking for here in Northamptonshire is someone with that strategic vision and could push on with that level of enthusiasm and energy to get us through what is going to be a difficult few years because of the way the force is funded.” View On Police Oracle
  3. A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has been forced to write to the police workforce to clarify comments he made about under-performing officers. http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=31978
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2913191/The-police-car-doubles-FIRE-ENGINE-Cost-cutting-sees-force-merge-squad-car-s-duties.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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