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Hear Chief Constable Mike Cunningham’s message to College staff in his first weeks

Chief Constable Mike CunninghamChief Constable Mike Cunningham joined the professional body during this 31st year in policing and began speaking to the College's 600 staff.

Mike, who joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1987, began at the College last month and spoke of his pride at taking up the role to support police.

The former Staffordshire Police chief constable met with hundreds of College staff at various sites and recognised the increasing level of demand on officers and staff and the pace and scale of changes to the police service over recent years. He highlighted the emergence of vulnerability as a key theme for policing, alongside the rise in digital and cyber offences.

He also reiterated the focus of the College and told staff: "Everything we do, no matter what your role, is to be here to promote, facilitate, encourage and accelerate improvements in policing. When you consider what policing does in protecting people, ultimately we are about improving policing's ability to keep people safe."

In a later edition of the College newsletter Mike will outline in detail his vision and priorities for the future.

Mike left his role as an Inspector at Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and started at the College last month.

He attended the Strategic Command Course in 2005 and was appointed assistant chief constable in Lancashire Constabulary in 2005 and deputy chief constable in 2007. In 2009, Mike was appointed Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police.

In 2013, he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours list and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University.

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