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The new Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police has started work at the force today (Monday 13 December) and has been setting out some of his priorities for the future.
Chris Noble, who has more than 25 years’ policing experience, joined local officers at Cannock Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) on Monday.
It was a bright and early start for Chris, who met with officers at 7am.
Setting out his priorities as the region’s new top cop, Chris said: “Having served as an officer at every rank over the past 25 years, it is an absolute honour and a privilege to be appointed as Staffordshire’s Chief Constable.
“Over the coming months, I will be working hard to build on the strong foundations set by previous leaders to deliver a police service which everyone in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can be proud of.
“Our primary purpose is to keep people safe and protect our communities – we need the public’s help and support to do this.”
Chris has previous experience in delivering such outcomes, as he formerly served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland before moving to Humberside Police in 2017 where he became Assistant Chief Constable.
He was also the commander for Belfast City Policing District and as the chief officer responsible for specialist crime and operations in Humberside.
Most recently, Chris has supported several police forces nationally on how to manage the ongoing protests on the M25, as part of his role as National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for protests.
Speaking of his approach, Chris said: “My vision is to deliver a truly local police service in which communities develop solid relationships with their local police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) so they know who they can turn to in their time of need.
“This will support us to prevent and reduce crime and ensure we provide an excellent service to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
“I am also committed to ensuring victims of crime and vulnerable people get the right support at the right time.
“Connecting with communities is a key component of successful policing and is something that I have advocated throughout my career, in particular when I served as commander for Belfast City Policing District for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”
Chris is also keen to work closely with partner agencies across the region.
He said: “I look forward to meeting the diverse range of communities across Staffordshire and building on the fantastic local partnership relationships we have in the county.
“Policing is too important to be left to the police alone, and I look forward to working with our key partner agencies in Staffordshire to tackle crime at its root-cause.
“We will work with our partners to become engrained in our communities, delivering problem-solving initiatives to create resilient, self-serving communities which are in a better shape than when we arrived.
“I’m looking forward to becoming part of the Staffordshire community myself and I promise to continually engage and consult as many members of our community and partners as possible, listening and understanding how our service can respond to their needs.
“Working together, we can truly keep Staffordshire safe.”
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