New chief officer joins at very ‘special’ time for constabulary
THESE are exciting times as we move forward with plans to deliver on the Staffordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s manifesto commitment of 200 new community special constables to police the neighbourhood where they live.
Special constables make a massive contribution to society and provide a crucial link between the police and local communities.
Step forward NHS worker Simon Anderson who has been appointed as the new chief officer for the Staffordshire Special Constabulary.
CO Anderson, who has been a member of the Special Constabulary for 24 years, is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
He says: “The Special Constabulary has gone from strength to strength during recent years. New and exciting opportunities have been made available for our officers to specialise, including secondments to the CID, rural policing and Integrated Offender Management.
“There is now the opportunity to recruit more special constables which will allow us to provide an increase in the number of dedicated officers within our many communities throughout the county.
“I look forward to working with the many internal and external stakeholders to further develop the Special Constabulary into an even more effective and professional body in Staffordshire.”
The 43-year-old has served as deputy chief for the last five years. He takes on his new role following the retirement of Mike Lane who was chief officer for the last nine of his 23 years’ service in the specials.
Working full time for Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust as a technical architect, the father of two volunteers his services during his spare time.
I’d like to congratulate Simon on his promotion to the helm of an extremely important body of volunteers.