New Chief Constable Martin Jelley wants to ‘tackle crime head on’ in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley
Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley

Warwickshire Police’s new Chief Constable said he wants to ‘tackle crime head on’ and protect people by focusing on cyber crime.

Martin Jelley, former Deputy Chief Constable in Northamptonshire, took over from Andy Parker at the end of March.

As Chief Constable, you have a great opportunity to do good things for the community and it is a huge privilege to be here

Chief Constable Martin Jelley

Mr Jelley has been a police officer for 26 years and has worked for significant periods as a detective, a firearms officer and a commander for both firearms and public order.

“When it comes to crime, prevention is better than cure, and I’ve always tried to tackle crime head on,” Mr Jelley said.

“At the end of the day it’s a person behind a crime and not a number.”

Mr Jelley said cyber crime was one of the key areas the force will be focusing on.

“Warwickshire has a strong record of dealing with traditional crimes such as burglary and robbery but crime is changing and we’re seeing more cyber crime which is often not reported to the police.

“We won’t arrest our way out of cyber crime, we need to focus on preventive measures and education,” he said.

Vulnerable people will also be a focal point for the force under Mr Jelley’s supervision and he plans to create a ‘multi-agency safeguarding hub’ in the county.

“We will work with social care and health professionals to effectively support vulnerable people, such as children and victims of domestic abuse,” he said.

“We have all seen the awful picture of sexual abuse nationally and we can never be complacent about this.”

Mr Jelley is currently under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for potential gross misconduct relating to the delay of referral of a colleague’s conduct.

He said: “When you’re in public office you have to accept that you are accountable to the public and the IPCC is the appropriate authority for this.

“I’m cooperating fully and confident that things will progress quickly in the coming months.”

Warwickshire Police hopes to strengthen its alliance with West Mercia and Mr Jelley said it would help the forces provide a “more efficient and effective service to the public”.

Mr Jelley also hopes to be able to invest in mobile devices and tablets so officers can record data whilst out of the station. “We can provide a better service if our staff can be out of the station and not tied to computers all day,” he said.

“So if they can upload details and forms on a tablet or mobile device whilst out with victims then they can provide a more efficient service. We’re still looking at the scope and cost of this as it’s early days.”

He said he was looking forward to his new role in the busy county.

“As Chief Constable, you have a great opportunity to do good things for the community and it is a huge privilege to be here,” he said.

“I’m here for the long haul and will do my best for the public.”