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Lincs Chief: ‘I Am Leaving On A High’

Richard Crompton says securing of seminal outsourcing contract and award of QPM present a fitting moment to retire

A much-respected chief constable has spoken of his satisfaction after announcing his retirement in the wake of two extraordinary personal and professional achievements.

Richard Crompton, of Lincolnshire Police, revealed his intentions to leaving policing having helped secure a major outsourcing contract for the Force – and after being awarded the prestigious QPM in the New Year Honours.

The chief officer, who was due to retire in the coming months, said he had brought his decision forward to give his successor the opportunity to develop a relationship with G4S, which is taking on many of the Force’s middle and back office functions.

He added: “Having worked with my team and our police authority on this contract, I would like my successor to be able to sit down and talk about the long-term picture.

“I have therefore brought my plans to retire forward very slightly – I have served with the Police Service for more than 30 years and everybody has to go at some point.”

A veteran officer with a vast array of experience, CC Crompton joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976 and has since gone on to serve in Devon and Cornwall and Cumbria.

He joined Lincolnshire as Deputy Chief in 2004, shortly before leading work designed to increase collaboration across the five forces in the East Midlands Region.

CC Crompton admitted that the new contract between Lincolnshire Constabulary and G4S would free up officers’ time while making savings on the bottom line.

As reported on PoliceOracle.com, the ten-year deal will see the security firm take on responsibility for services such as custody, human resources and ICT. It is envisaged that the move will ultimately save the Force millions of pounds.

CC Crompton said: “People have worked tremendously hard on this project and I am very excited, both for the Force and our new partners – the initiative represents a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a new way of running a police force.

“We are going to see improvements in our infrastructure and areas such as ICT – G4S is in a position to invest in a way that we could only have dreamed of.

“I am excited by the potential – the contract will help officers work more effectively.”

CC Crompton went on to point out that the Police Service had seen many changes since his arrival more than 30 years ago – but the core job had remained the same.

He concluded: “Technology has moved on and equipment has changed, but at the same time officers are still dealing with much of the same work as when I started.

“Bread and butter police work has really remained a constant – but the way in which we deal with it has changed for the better is very many ways.”

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