Outgoing Humberside Police Chief Constable Tim Hollis 'proud to be leaving the Force in fine fettle'
THE outgoing Chief Constable of Humberside Police Tim Hollis said he is leaving his Force after eight years in charge with pride at its "fine fettle" – but warned of tough challenges ahead.
Further savings will have to be made to meet Government-imposed cutbacks through outsourcing, mergers and joint collaboration with other agencies, including the fire service, the Chief told the Grimsby Telegraph.
The Force has to find savings of £21 million over the next four years.
Mr Hollis hands over the Chief Constable's baton at the end of the month to Justine Curran.
He is the longest serving chief constable in a single police force in England.
He said: "Humberside still has to find even greater savings and that could mean more outsourcing of services, more joint working in collaboration with other Forces to pool resources and partnerships with other services including the fire service."
But the retiring Chief Constable said he would rather see more mergers with other Forces before trying to secure a deal with a private firm as Lincolnshire Police did last year in their contract with G4S which took over most of the non-frontline police operations.
At the end of 35 years in the police, he added: "I am proud to be leaving the Force in fine fettle and with its reputation enhanced after it hit rock bottom in 2005. That was when we were 43rd out of 43 in the country and the criticism of the Force for not sharing information with Cambridgeshire Police in relation to the Soham murders.
"My job was to bring the self-confidence and pride back into the Force and our reputation has been restored nationally and locally."
He is also proud that Humberside has had ten successive years in which crime has reduced.
That has been achieved through strategies including the introduction of neighbourhood policing teams, greater success by youth offending teams and shared responsibilities with local authorities including North East Lincolnshire Council.
The area suffers "massive social problems" ranging from drug addition, to alcohol abuse and repeated antisocial behaviour among some families, said the Chief.
The solution cannot lie solely with Humberside Police and is dependent upon partnerships with health and local authorities, he said.
Mr Hollis praised the "outstanding" team from the major incident unit who successfully brought the murderers of Grims- by man Adam Vincent to justice last year.
He said: "There was some fantastic teamwork. It is not like Lewis on TV when a couple of detectives solve it . In reality there are teams of up to 40 officers, forensic teams and hours of CCTV to monitor. In the Vincent case it was a real team effort."
He was also particularly pleased with the support Mr Vincent's family has received from officers.
The Chief also looked back at the devastation of the floods in 2007 which meant he was the first Chief Constable in history to have to abandon a police headquarters as Priory road station in Hull was flooded.
He praised all his officers who turned out to help people in their communities including North East Lincolnshire, even though their own homes were affected.
Questioning the continued calls for more bobbies on the beat, Mr Hollis said increasing trends in paedophile crime and online fraud and inciting hatred on social media sites could not be curbed simply by putting more cops on the streets.
Mr Hollis will be taking up a new role as honorary colonel in charge of the Army Cadet Force for Humberside and he said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife Caroline and their three grown up children.