Category Archives: Policy Statement by Chief Constable 2013

Planning for the future of Hampshire Constabulary
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Decisions that will shape the future of Hampshire Constabulary were made at a meeting on Friday, October 11, between Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Following a subsequent meeting this morning (October 14) to brief the new force Executive, Chief Constable Andy Marsh outlined those decisions:

“I have spent my first few months as chief constable listening – to the Commissioner about his priorities; to central government about its plans and cuts to police budgets; to the public, partners and stakeholders about their expectations; and, perhaps most importantly, to you – my staff and officers, and those who represent you, about the situation that you face. But the time for listening is over.

“By April next year we will have already reduced our costs by £55million. This has been done while improving performance and public satisfaction – something that few people thought was possible. But we have not always been clear enough about the impact on our people and on their families. We have reached a tipping point.

“It is my belief that if we continue as we are – taking out more money without changing how we work and reducing demand on our service – we will fail the public, fail our staff and officers, and we will not be able to deliver against our Commissioner’s priorities. That is why last Friday I presented a new way forward.”

New delivery plans

“This will involve a period of detailed organisational design and engagement with police officers and staff, stakeholders, partners and the public as we define the future structure of the force. It will be based around four service areas that we aspire to improve:

Intelligence & Co-ordination – Creating a hostile environment for offenders by deploying our people, our most precious asset, in a way that best protects the public.
Prevention & Neighbourhoods – Retaining a strong local footprint and relationships with partners is crucial but we need to be clearer about what we expect of our Safer Neighbourhoods teams, using the mandate set by our Police and Crime Commissioner to improve our prevention capability and tactics for the benefit of victims. This means finding new ways to build public trust and work with partners across the criminal justice system to solve both crime and its underlying causes.
Response & Patrol – Creating resilient Targeted Patrol teams that continue to respond to emergencies, patrol proactively and are deployed in a way that makes best use of the resources that we have.
Investigation – Building a picture of our most dangerous active criminals more quickly, acting before they can cause further harm and using a range of disposals to meet victims’ needs and to prevent reoffending.
“In each area the objectives are to drive the social change outlined in our Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, to better support our staff and officers and to reduce unnecessarily bureaucratic management structures and silo working. As we design the future we will also define more clearly what we expect in terms of values and behaviours within our organisation.

“Alongside Collaboration, Joint Working and the Commissioner’s Estates strategy (a fundamental enabler for us), getting the four service areas right is crucial. I believe that this offers the only viable way to deliver the extra £25m we need to save in a way that future proofs our service to the public and is sustainable for our employees. There is, however, risk attached with any such change. That is why I have agreed with the Commissioner that more work is required to assess that risk.”

New leadership roles

“As a direct result, I am appointing four chief superintendents to focus their full energies on overseeing the development of the future plans. They will take up these command posts on November 4 and I will look to them to take forward these plans as they are implemented.

Intelligence & Co-ordination – Ch Supt Dave Hardcastle
Prevention & Neighbourhoods – Ch Supt Jason Hogg
Response & Patrol – T/Ch Supt Rich John
Investigation – Det Ch Supt Sara Glen
“It is their responsibility to build the plans, engaging with stakeholders – internal and external – and look at the associated risk of changing our structure and the service that we offer. Their roles are critical and they will need the help and support of people from across the force, as well as the time to shape their thinking. It will be their recommendations that will ultimately give me what I need to have confidence in these plans and to inform future discussions with the Police and Crime Commissioner. They will need your support as much as I do.

“I have also today, jointly with Chief Constable Sara Thornton, appointed Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton as head of the Joint Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police. He will have the remit of defining the future service for the public in this area, taking over from Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton, who leaves with our thanks for a new position at the College of Policing.”

Delivering for the public

“None of this changes the fact that the public rely on us every day and that we need to continue delivering an excellent service for them. I want people fully focused on that job and therefore I have also begun a process to identify those key leaders who will be responsible for service delivery as we develop the future. These will be in post by November 4.

“It will surprise nobody that there are tough decisions ahead. What I am not prepared to do is to continue in a direction that is unsustainable, risks public safety and locks in unreasonable pressure on staff and officers. We have to look properly at the benefits of doing things differently, understand and assess the risks attached, use this to make decisions, and then be open and transparent about what this means in terms of what we can (and can’t) deliver for the public. This will take a short period of time, but we will do it properly and it is worth it.

“Hampshire Constabulary has much to be proud of. In making these changes I intend to protect the very best and most important of what we do and stand for, creating a service organisation where we can fulfil the vocation that is policing and flourish as individuals and as a team. What I have heard loud and clear from all sides is that if we are to achieve this in the future we need to manage and reduce our demand, and to work, organise and lead ourselves differently. In keeping with the way in which we have arrived at this point, the next stage of defining the future will be hallmarked by working closely with those closest to the situation on the ground – our staff and officers – and engaging with our partners and with the public.

“I am sure that this statement will prompt many questions. We do not have answers to all of these at the moment. Rest assured that you will have plenty of opportunity to have your say and you will receive regular updates from me and from your lead on the new Force Executive as we build up to November 4 and beyond.

“Thank you in advance for your support.”

New Book – 111 years Policing Winchester

New Book – 2012 

Published by the Hampshire Constabulary History Society

ISBN 978-0-9568 508-0-5 

Over 100 pages 26 illustrations- most never published before 

£10 (plus £2 p and p) 

Forthcoming Publication Spring 2012

New – 2012 Policing Winchester Book

British Newspaper Archives – new 2012

Look up news articles  about your police ancestors and what they were doing.

2012 New book on Rise and Fall of the Police Box

Order form  or contact Brewin Books

New book on history of Police Boxes




The History Society is in the process of gathering material for another pictorial history of the Hampshire Constabulary.   The last one sold out and is out of print.   It is intended to have a themed approach this time, concentrating on different aspects of the organisation.   Paul Stickler is dealing with CID aspects and is seeking suitable stories which would capture the reader’s attention, whether they be recent or old cases.

The History Society is also about to embark on photographing every police station and building within Hampshire and the IOW, whether in current use or not, and is seeking information about such buildings, particularly those which have long since ceased to be used for police purposes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Paul Stickler on

New Book: ‘Southampton Murder Victims’

New Book – December 2012

Southampton Murder Victims Vol. II

Author: Jim Brown

 From DB Publishing

This book is a sequel to Southampton Murder Victims, produced in 2010 by DB Publishing and the present book is a joint publication with DB Publishing and the Hampshire Constabulary History Society. The former book explained, in some depth, the various amendments to the original mandatory death penalty for murder; the stages of penal servitude that were  imposed, until abolished in 1948; an explanation of the former Assize Court system, and the establishment of the Crown Courts that replaced them in 1972.

ISBN 978 1-7809 1-085-7


‘Southampton Murder Victims’

New Book by Local Author, Jim Brown

Accounts of 80 murders in Southampton between 1783 and 2009

Jim brown

Accounts of 80 murders in Southampton between 1783 and 2009

ISBN 978-85983-835-8

Available from local bookshops and Amazon

Families Day at Netley

4th June 2011, 11am start

History Slide-show at Civic Centre

Jim Brown is giving a slide show presentation on “Policing Southampton in the 50s” to the Southampton Local History Forum, Civic Centre on evening of 19th March, 2009 and again to City of Southampton Society on 23rd March. 2009, Starts at 7pm

New HCHS site

We are currently moving the Hampshire Constabulary History Society site from the HantsWeb server to this new server and software. The new site has been redesigned, will be easier to maintain and will have more space for us to improve the features.