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Nottinghamshire Police’s next Chief Constable Kate Meynell, the current Deputy Chief Constable at Derbyshire Police says she will strive to thrive on ensuring that the county’s police force serve the public diligently and putting the people’s interest and public safety as a priority.

She is now set to return to work at the force where she began and spent most days of her career.

The appointment follows recommendations received by the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel, following a special confirmation hearing held at County Hall in West Bridgford.  

According to Nottinghamshire Police, Meynell wants to make sure that Nottinghamshire has a service that is fit for the future, where data is used effectively and are evidence-led in the way they do their work in a professional manner. Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry named Kate Meynell as her preferred candidate for the role in August following a rigorous assessment and interview process.

Commissioner Henry said she was delighted that her recommended candidate had now been confirmed.

“Kate is an outstanding leader, and I am looking forward to working closely with her,” she said.

“I’m delighted that the panel agreed that Kate has all the qualities to succeed in this role and I believe that Kate is the right person to take this work forward as we continue to Make Notts Safe,” said Commissioner Caroline Henry.

Meynell takes the helm from current Chief Constable Craig Guildford in December, after he departs to take up the top job at West Midlands Police.

Craig Guildford who is described as an excellent Chief Constable over the last five years at Nottinghamshire Police, during which crime has fallen, officer numbers have reached their highest in over a decade and neighbourhood policing has expanded.

In 2018 Meynell took up the role of Assistant Chief Constable at Nottinghamshire Police before moving to Derbyshire Police.

After being confirmed as the new Nottingham Police boss, she said, “what is really important is making sure communities feel safe and listened to.

It is about putting the public first, working as a team with really clear standards so everyone is clear what Nottinghamshire Police is about.”

She said, “I want a workforce that is engaged and empowered because it is the workforce that will deliver what we are looking for. I very much believe in being a team. It is really important if we are to be successful as an organisation that the public have trust and confidence and we are seen to be legitimate.”

Meynell added, “I’m looking forward to coming back to Nottinghamshire. I grew up in Nottinghamshire and it’s a place I’m proud to call home. I have enjoyed my time working in Derbyshire alongside some great colleagues, but this is a dream job for me.”

Kate spent most of her career serving with Nottinghamshire Police after joining in 1993 and being posted to Bulwell.

Her previous roles include a two-and-a-half-year spell as Assistant Chief Constable when she led the force’s knife crime strategy and chaired the county’s strategic response to the Covid pandemic.

She explained that she feels that Nottinghamshire Police has a positive, strong workforce. “I do feel we have the opportunity now to continue the improvements that Craig Guildford has started.

The force has moved a long way forward under his leadership. I genuinely care passionately about the force and want to build on the good work that has been done and build relationships with external partners and communities,” she said.

Nottingham is described as the most dangerous city in Nottinghamshire and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire’s 236 towns, villages, and cities.

The Nottinghamshire Police Force is responsible for 1.1 million people and an area covering 834 square miles. In 2021 the crime rate for Nottingham was 114 crimes per 1,000 people and this compares poorly to Nottinghamshire crime , coming in 33 percent higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents.

As of 2022, the crime rate in Nottingham is 28 percent higher than the East Midlands and 33 percent higher than England, Wzles and Northern Ireland overall figure.

Within the Nottinghamshire Police force, there are 1,893 police officers and 1,244 staff, including PCSOs, and around 250 special constables and 50 police cadets. There has been a 15% decrease in the Nottinghamshire Police workforce over the past 10 years.

In the most recent police effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy assessment (PEEL), it was found that there are two areas where Nottinghamshire Police require improvement: their effectiveness and efficiency at keeping people safe and reducing crime.


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