Bradford's top officer says there's no crisis in confidence among police

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin

After calls for “top-to-bottom” changes in the Police Federation and other criticism of England’s police, Bradford’s top police officer Simon Atkin says there is no crisis of confidence among his officers.

A damning report by an independent panel said the federation, which represents 127,000 rank and file officers, exhibited a “worrying loss of confidence and competence” and had suffered a “serious loss of influence” with members now seeing it as weak and unwilling to engage change.

But Chief Superintendent Atkin, who heads the Bradford district division, said he believes the Federation is positive about tackling tough challenges ahead.

“My working relationship with Federation colleagues in Bradford is exceptional and they are very much part of our team,” Mr Atkin said.

“The Federation is massively supportive of our change programme and I think that overall they are doing a good job.

“All senior officers want to keep in touch with reality and even go out on patrol to keep ‘hands on’.

“The new Chief Constable was out himself on New Year’s Eve and making arrests in Leeds.

“And it’s good to have the federation who can nudge us about what rank and file officers are thinking,” he said.

However Chief Supt Atkin said he was aware that changes in work practices, such as restructuring the force with fewer senior detectives, had caused some uncertainty.

“But I don’t think morale has been affected, not by that or by recent headlines surrounding the police.

“Officers and PCSOs are still going out and doing the job they joined up to do.

“Basically, across Bradford everybody is really getting stuck in,” he said.

“Police officers aren’t driven by money. The only reason they want promotion is because they each believe they can do the job better than it’s been done before.

“I’ve just had our finest inspectors lining up for new jobs which involve more work than they currently do, but they really want the challenge of more responsibility,” Mr Atkin said.

“All the changes we’re looking at are about tackling crime more effectively.

“We now have two main hubs for detectives in Trafalgar House and Javelin House, Eccleshill, and that means less supervisors.

“Which means we can keep the numbers of ‘do-ers’ as high as possible.

“We are creating what they call a ‘leaner leadership spine’. As a simple example of that, Bradford used to have two commanders, now there’s one – me,” Mr Atkin said.

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9:33am Sat 25 Jan 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Try enforcing law and order in the inner city ex slum areas and see how far you get before you decide to back off and let the locals be. We all know who rules the roost there.
Try enforcing law and order in the inner city ex slum areas and see how far you get before you decide to back off and let the locals be. We all know who rules the roost there. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 16

11:49am Sat 25 Jan 14

Keighley Exile says...

To quote Mandy Rice-Davies - He would say that wouldn't he?
To quote Mandy Rice-Davies - He would say that wouldn't he? Keighley Exile
  • Score: 15

12:34pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mik_e says...

Senior officers will stay in line with politically correct direction from above.
I know several police officers and they are totally demoralised with their leadership, that is weak and too easily influenced by politics and statisitcs. Also the lack of influence that the federation has, as the police have no right to take any form of industrial action, the government can do with them as they please. As for Mr. Atkins ridiculous comment that officers want promoting to improve things, rather than receive higher pay and better pensions, I have spoken to many police officers who say that they go for promotion for higher wage and larger pensions.
Senior officers will stay in line with politically correct direction from above. I know several police officers and they are totally demoralised with their leadership, that is weak and too easily influenced by politics and statisitcs. Also the lack of influence that the federation has, as the police have no right to take any form of industrial action, the government can do with them as they please. As for Mr. Atkins ridiculous comment that officers want promoting to improve things, rather than receive higher pay and better pensions, I have spoken to many police officers who say that they go for promotion for higher wage and larger pensions. Mik_e
  • Score: 17

1:21pm Sat 25 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
Try enforcing law and order in the inner city ex slum areas and see how far you get before you decide to back off and let the locals be. We all know who rules the roost there.
BNP/EDL animals ?
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Try enforcing law and order in the inner city ex slum areas and see how far you get before you decide to back off and let the locals be. We all know who rules the roost there.[/p][/quote]BNP/EDL animals ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -10

1:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Il'l telll you what causes crisis of confidence within the Police.
I have just looked at yesterdays court file n the T&A and there is one individual who as been a burglar for 20 years, must be responsible for most break ins in the area, just been given 12 months community service (will he do it) absolutely crazy. Should be off the streets for 20years.
Il'l telll you what causes crisis of confidence within the Police. I have just looked at yesterdays court file n the T&A and there is one individual who as been a burglar for 20 years, must be responsible for most break ins in the area, just been given 12 months community service (will he do it) absolutely crazy. Should be off the streets for 20years. alive and awake
  • Score: 12

2:05pm Sat 25 Jan 14

999 number of the beast says...

alive and awake wrote:
Il'l telll you what causes crisis of confidence within the Police.
I have just looked at yesterdays court file n the T&A and there is one individual who as been a burglar for 20 years, must be responsible for most break ins in the area, just been given 12 months community service (will he do it) absolutely crazy. Should be off the streets for 20years.
If they don't like it quit! They are enough people applying who might be better. Most of the new LABour officers are in it for pay and to satisfy their 'bully' fetish they have( particular bad among female officers)
As for striking Tom Winsor has offered them that opportunity on the basis they lose their Crown servant status (that's why its so hard to get a conviction against on officer) and become Crown Employees.
Remember folks the Chief constable have all be asking for water cannons. Remember the police are not elected, accountable or transparent.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Il'l telll you what causes crisis of confidence within the Police. I have just looked at yesterdays court file n the T&A and there is one individual who as been a burglar for 20 years, must be responsible for most break ins in the area, just been given 12 months community service (will he do it) absolutely crazy. Should be off the streets for 20years.[/p][/quote]If they don't like it quit! They are enough people applying who might be better. Most of the new LABour officers are in it for pay and to satisfy their 'bully' fetish they have( particular bad among female officers) As for striking Tom Winsor has offered them that opportunity on the basis they lose their Crown servant status (that's why its so hard to get a conviction against on officer) and become Crown Employees. Remember folks the Chief constable have all be asking for water cannons. Remember the police are not elected, accountable or transparent. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: -5

5:49pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mr Capp says...

The new chief constable making arrests on new years eve had me in fits of laughter !
The new chief constable making arrests on new years eve had me in fits of laughter ! Mr Capp
  • Score: 5

6:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

I would have more respect for them if they didn't ignore so much crime, because it's difficult!
I would have more respect for them if they didn't ignore so much crime, because it's difficult! Victor Clayton
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

collos25 says...

Another so called police officer following his paymasters requests with people like him in charge I make sure your doors are locked.
Another so called police officer following his paymasters requests with people like him in charge I make sure your doors are locked. collos25
  • Score: 3

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