A senior police officer has been appointed to the position of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable to develop the strategic alliance between Wiltshire Police and Avon & Somerset Constabulary.
Leaders in both areas announced plans at the end of January to widen their existing collaborations to help achieve significant savings over the next five years.
The appointment of Chief Supt Julian Moss of Avon and Somerset has been agreed by the police and crime commissioners of both areas together with Avon and Somerset’s Acting Chief Constable and the incoming Chief Constable of Wiltshire.
Chief Supt Moss said today: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as programme director to lead on the development of the strategic alliance between Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset police forces.
"This is an exciting and challenging programme of work, with huge potential and opportunity. I will ensure that both forces are treated as equal partners and that together we fully understand the challenges faced by each force.
"For much of my career I have worked closely with local communities and with partnerships. This has taught me that trust and confidence are some of the most important characteristics of successful collaboration.
"I hope that one of the most important qualities I can bring will be an ability to listen. Good open communications and engagement with officers, staff and the public will be at the very heart of my approach, keeping everyone up to date with progress at every step.
"I very much look forward to getting started. My first job will be to bring together a joint programme team with people from each of the two forces."
John Long, A/Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset said: "Julian has a great deal of experience spanning many facets of policing and a very strong background of working with partners, at a community and strategic level. These strengths will be invaluable in his leadership of the Strategic Alliance programme."
Mike Veale, who becomes Chief Constable of Wiltshire on 1 June, said: "Julian Moss is an excellent choice to lead this vital programme. He has been closely involved in regional collaborations and that experience will stand him in good stead in this important new role."
Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: "I am very impressed with Julian Moss and his enthusiasm for what will, no doubt, be a challenging role. I look forward to working with him in the future.
"We have had very useful preliminary discussions about how his team will be set up, what resources they will need and where they will work.
"He shares our view that it is important for the strategic alliance team not to be perceived to be working on behalf of one or other of the partners, but on behalf of both.
Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset, said: "I’ve worked alongside Julian for some time and know him to be a dedicated, professional and innovative officer. I’m delighted that he’s bringing his skills to this project and I have every confidence that he will help us forge a strong strategic alliance together."
- Julian Moss has extensive experience in local policing; he has been a beat manager, sector inspector, a superintendent responsible for local policing and partnerships, an area commander and, more recently, Head of CID and Operations; he was also Temporary ACC for local policing for five months until the recent appointment of ACC Sarah Crew
- He has worked on regional collaboration projects (most notably the major crime investigation team, forensics and regional organised crime)
- He has served 22 years in Avon & Somerset Constabulary.
Strategic alliance background
The Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Chief Constables of Wiltshire and Avon & Somerset agreed the principles which will govern their strategic alliance when they met in March.
The neighbouring forces reached agreement on a number of points:
- There will be two independent Chief Constables accountable to two PCCs
- They will develop a common approach to policing and, wherever possible, the two partners will carry out activities once across the combined area
- Local policing will remain locally managed with local commanders for identified policing areas
- A shared vision and values will be at the heart of the programme
- Governance will be shared with each partner having an equal voice. A Strategic Alliance board will be jointly chaired by both PCCs and will include Chief Constables
- An externally verified financial strategy will identify a fair way of sharing programme costs and savings
- A target of £30m in revenue savings by 2018/19 with resources for local policing preserved as far as possible
- Existing partnerships with councils or other forces to be fully considered
- Consultation with staff and the public will go on throughout the programme to ensure that the service meets the needs of local communities whilst delivering value for money.
Posted on Thursday 21st May 2015