Chris Haward was appointed as Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable in December 2020, following a policing career that had taken him from Leicestershire, where his duties included his being Gold Commander for Leicester City Football Club in their Premiership winning season; at INTERPOL to tackle international drug trafficking; in Derbyshire as Assistant Chief Constable; and – immediately prior to his joining Lincolnshire as Chief – to his leading the work of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which was at the time the largest police collaboration in the United Kingdom.
In addition to his duties as Chief Constable, Chris has lead responsibility for four National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Portfolios: Race and Inclusion; Religion and Belief; Surveillance; and Technical Surveillance.
In the first part of this three-part Policing Friendship Tour recording for PolicingTV, filmed outside Lincolnshire Police’s Headquarters in Nettleham near Lincoln and in the force’s Remembrance Garden, Chief Constable Chris Haward tells PolicingTV’s Founder and Publisher, Bernard Rix, about this policing background, as well as his life before policing – raised in Zambia and Botswana before returning to Yorkshire for secondary school, and with a degree and Masters from Leicester University.
His early life in Africa has, he explains, very much influenced his later policing career: “I still challenge people to this day as to why we make decisions based on colour, religion and race, when actually we should be judging people on their behaviours, their attitudes, their values”. “There is so much more that we can do to make sure that we are welcoming of each other, kind to each other, and looking after each other, because at the end of this, we are just human beings on this planet trying to do our best”.
Part two focuses on Lincolnshire Constabulary’s work, including areas of particular interest both nationally and internationally, whilst Part Three focuses on Chris’s National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) responsibilities.
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