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Meeting Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Chris Haward (Part 3)

Inside Lincolnshire Police

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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.

This third part, filmed outside Lincolnshire Police’s Headquarters in Nettleham near Lincoln, focuses on those NPCC Portfolio responsibilities. Chief Constable Chris Haward tells PolicingTV’s Founder and Publisher, Bernard Rix, how the Race and Inclusion responsibilities help shape how policing improves its service to people from different races and different backgrounds, sitting in parallel to the NPCC and College of Policing’s Police Race Action Plan. The Religion and Belief Portfolio provides for similar analysis and activities with those areas of focus in mind: “It’s always about how do we improve practice, how do we improve our service, how do we improve our understanding of the needs and wants and approach to different communities”. “This is where some of my upbringing helps, because I’ve been the white kid in a black school. I understand that, but I also understand it from a very positive point of view where I have had happy times, and I have been welcomed for who I am, regardless of the colour of my skin, regardless of my background”.

On Surveillance and Technical Surveillance, Chris explains the distinction between the two: broadly, the latter deals with equipment, whilst the former deals with personnel. “It’s about making sure that we have good standard operating procedures, that our authorised professional practice is up to date, that we have a comprehensive performance dashboard around national surveillance usage: what tactics work, why didn’t they work, if you were going to target a particular crime group, what would the most appropriate tactics be and most likely to give you success”.

Part One focused on Chris’s earlier policing career, whilst Part Two focused on Lincolnshire Constabulary’s work, including areas of particular interest both nationally and internationally.  

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