Most days start around 6am when I get up and ready for work, say hello to the kids and leave for the day ahead. Each day varies. Sometimes I head off to force HQ for briefings and meetings and sometimes I will call into one of our police stations to meet staff and go out on patrol.
Each morning before I set off I check a summary of serious crime and incidents across the force and whenever I travel I listen to the local radio channel to get a sense of what is going on.
It is not unknown for me to respond to calls from the public or stop motorists breaking the law on my way into work!
Once I get in, it’s a quick coffee and review of the day with Julie my PA.
If I am at HQ Winsford most days are fast paced running from meeting to meeting, so planning ahead and good briefings are important.
A few times a month I meet Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer who was elected nearly two years ago. He sets my operational budget and we meet regularly to discuss things like the delivery of the Policing Plan for Cheshire, review crime and incident figures and monitor the progress of plans to cut costs whilst providing a better service to local residents.
Being relatively new to the force I never miss a chance to meet people from other organisations and walks of life. I have slowly been meeting local MPs and council leaders to hear about how they think policing is being delivered in their county.
Other time is spent on patrol with my officers and staff. I do that either on foot (Chester or Warrington) by bike in Neston and Runcorn or by car. I have made my first arrest and first traffic summons for using a mobile phone whilst driving, since I think it is really important I understand how bureaucracy and the bigger ‘justice’ machine affects officers. There are of course other staff working in departments like IT or our Control Room I will pop in and see them too.
Lunch is often on the hoof, albeit we get great sandwiches at Winsford!
At the end of the day a check through urgent emails and my Twitter account and then off home, sometimes via the gym!
Dress: I wear uniform most of the time, sometimes a white shirt, tie and trousers, sometimes full operational uniform and protective equipment.
What is the favourite part of your job? Going out on patrol with frontline staff and meeting the public.
What is your least favourite part of your job? Reading lengthy reports for business meetings.
What would your dream job be if you weren’t doing what you do now? Landscape gardener.
How do you relax when you are not working? Play sport, cycle, run, ski and mountain walking and I volunteer on the Severn Valley Steam Railway as a line patrolman - someone who checks the track for defects before the trains run.
What is your favourite film? Despicable Me.
What is your favourite book? Stalingrad by Antony Beevor.
What is your favourite song? Imagine by John Lennon.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Timothy Spall (inset)
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I may not have had 15 minutes of fame but I am on my way there. Sadly I faced worldwide media following the deaths of Rhys Jones and Trooper Lee Rigby and have had two grillings on Newsnight explaining the work of the Metropolitan Police - my last job.
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