For a change, this week is a relatively quiet one for me work-wise.
During the early summer I gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee contributing to their work in compiling a study on the New Landscape of Policing that examines police reforms and the future shaping of policing policy.
The report has now been published, and highlights both police authorities' successes and our concerns.
In particular, the pioneering and collaborative work between the Kent and Essex police forces was congratulated, discussing how we have achieved greater efficiencies and effectiveness - which means greater savings to the taxpayer - and how a better policing service is being provided to the communities of Kent and Essex.
It's good to have our hard work both recognised and applauded by the Committee.
I am getting ready to go on holiday - a boat trip round the Scottish Islands. I haven't had the opportunity to visit this region of the UK before, so I shall look forward to exploring the sights. BUT my trusted BlackBerry is always with me, so I can never really be on holiday. You never quite know what's around the corner in the complex world of policing - the unexpected has a knack of happening. So it's reassuring to know that with new technology we can always keep in touch!
The weather forecast is looking good so I am very much looking forward to the trip. Let's hope the good weather continues for you all in Kent too.
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