MY WEEK: Douglas Paxton, Chief Constable, Suffolk Constabulary

Douglas Paxton, Chief Constable of Suffolk
Douglas Paxton, Chief Constable of Suffolk
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MONDAY: The week begins with a meeting with my Chief Officer colleagues, both those who work with me in Suffolk and the Chief Constable of Norfolk and his team.

We work closely with Norfolk Constabulary and now share a number of collaborated departments and units. These range from the so-called ‘back office’ functions such as finance and HR to a range of specialist policing teams including roads policing, major investigation and dogs. We hold these joint chief officer team meetings every couple of weeks.

TUESDAY: After a meeting with local authority colleagues in the morning, I head back south for an appointment with Radio Suffolk, where I am Lesley Dolphin’s sofa guest for the afternoon.

Lesley and I spoke about my Chief on Tour sessions, which are giving me the opportunity to talk to people about policing issues in towns across the county, and how important it is for the Constabulary to be listening to our communities.

WEDNESDAY: A packed diary today, with various meetings and telephone calls. The life of a Chief Constable is certainly varied: one moment I am discussing budget issues with my finance officers, the next it’s a chat about national issues with other Chief Constables and then I am receiving a briefing on the latest operation to catch those who commit crime in our county. Never a dull moment!

THURSDAY: My day starts with a meeting with Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Tim is responsible for drawing up the Police and Crime Plan – and it is my job to deliver the policing service which meets the objectives contained within it.

After seeing Tim, I attend a meeting of the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board. The board is made up of chief executives, directors and councillors from across Suffolk, who have come together to focus on how we can help people in Suffolk live healthier, happier lives, particularly those from disadvantaged communities.

FRIDAY: After a morning of meetings, my week ends with a visit to the Mosque in Bond Street, Ipswich. I received a really warm reception and our discussions covered a range of issues including police recruitment and advancement for Black and Minority Ethnic communities, the effective resolution of hate crime and community confidence in stop and search operations.

Overall, a busy week – but I did manage to find some time to work with my wife on renovations to our new cottage on the Suffolk coast

Now for the weekend, which includes spending Sunday afternoon at the Constabulary’s annual Family Day, which this year is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.