Sir Hugh Orde, the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, visited Sussex Police this week for crisis talks with acting Chief Constable Giles York and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, over the ongoing Martin Richards early retirement scandal.
Notified by Matthew Taylor, the Shadow Sussex Police Crime Commissioner in an email dated 07 April 2014:
Dear Sir Huge Orde
Are you aware of the Martin Richards early retirement scandal?
Here is a short YouTube video in memory to PC’s Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, which illustrates my point.
Read more: Why Martin Richards really Retired?
Sir Hugh Orde was left with no choice but to come to Sussex for himself to see what all the fuss is about.
Sir Hugh Orde was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to policing, and in 2005 was knighted for his work. In 2008 he was awarded the annual Leadership Award from the Police Executive Research Forum recognising his work in changing policing in Northern Ireland following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. In 2010 he was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing.
FOLLOWING THE PM’S VISIT.
Sir Hugh Orde is the latest high profile VIP to visit Sussex in as many weeks.
On route to play war games with other world leaders in Holland, David Cameron PM, popped into Peacehaven to see for himself the 1.8 meter high “Murder Fence” which has gotten Sussex Police and the local councils into so much trouble.
Read more: PM visits Peacehaven.
ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING.
Their crisis talks over how to contain the explosive Martin Richards scandal, were interrupted with an impromptu fire alarm, in which everyone at Sussex HQ were forced to down tools and muster outside in an orde’rly fashion!
AS KATY BOURNE JOKED IN A TWEET.
While the subject matter was trained at times, no clear attack plan has yet to be formalized as to how to contain the Martin Richards scandal, as this Tweet from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) alludes to.
Forced into humiliation, Katy Bourne took the unprecedented step to advertise for a new Chief Constable on Youtube, (the first time anything like this has ever happened in British Policing.)
THE MOST TOXIC POST IN BRITISH POLICING.
Taking advantage of a new scheme backed by Policing Minister Damian Green, (who took over from Nick Herbert, who left dissatisfied with the Police and Crime Commissioners he helped bring into Law,) members of the public with no policing experience could become a new Superintendent for Sussex Police.
The pilot project will see 20 people from the private, public and the charity sectors join policing as a superintendent while the graduate fast track programme is seeking 82 recruits to be promoted from constable to inspector within three years.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The direct entry programme is designed to attract exceptional leaders into the police service. Fast tracking is also an effective way of promoting the very best talent from within the service into leadership roles more quickly. I am pleased that from Monday 7 April Sussex Police will be accepting applications for both programmes to help to build the best possible police service for local people.”