Former chief set to head College of Policing
A former chief constable has been appointed as the new chief executive of the College of Policing.
Mike Cunningham led Staffordshire Police from 2009 until 2014 when he became an inspector at Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary which also took on responsibility for the fire and rescue services this year.
Mr Cunningham says he is delighted with his new appointment.
"Over the last few years the college has established itself at the heart of the reform agenda for policing. In this next stage, the challenge is to move that on so that all those working across policing have a clear understanding of how the college connects and supports them to deliver a service to the public," he said.
"Policing faces a future of increasing and changing demand. The college has a major contribution to make in supporting the service, helping leaders at all levels work through the challenges and developing a workforce that is well equipped to do the job asked of them."
In congratulating Mr Cunningham, national Federation chairman Steve White said he was joining the college at a critical time for policing and urged him to improve its links with police officers.
"We would encourage him to now lead the way in working closely with the Federation to help bridge the gap between the college and those on the front-line of policing, demonstrating its relevance to rank and file officers who are confused about its link to their day to day work," Steve explained.
"Beyond their remit to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge to protect the public they have a leading role in protecting officers themselves. Our own evidence shows that welfare and resilience in policing has never needed such serious attention. Police leaders are sitting up to this fact and through its professional committee, and following the recent award of £7.5 million for a new national welfare service, the college must take the reins in effectively addressing the issues that exist.
"The Federation looks forward to discussing those challenges and others with Mr Cunningham."