Chief Constable of Essex Police to stand down

Jim Barker-McCardle

Jim Barker-McCardle

First published in News

THE Chief Constable of Essex Police plans to stand down before the end of his contract.

Jim Barker-McCardle took over the position three years ago and has two years remanining.

However, in an e-mail sent to all candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner election he made it clear that he does not intend to see the five year contract through to the end.

The decision is believed to be for personal reasons, but Essex Police are keen to stress that no date has yet been set for his departure.

A force spokesperson said: “The priority of the Chief Constable is to welcome the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure the very best police service is delivered to the diverse communities of Essex.

"As a courtesy, the Chief Constable wrote to all PCC candidates before the election about his future plans, but his current focus remains firmly on policing Essex and supporting Nick Alston in the weeks ahead.”

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10:33am Sat 17 Nov 12

Nebs says...

Hope he comes and rides his bike around Southend before he leaves, like he said he would do when he took up the post.
Hope he comes and rides his bike around Southend before he leaves, like he said he would do when he took up the post. Nebs
  • Score: -2

12:01pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Good news now the truth will be known:

A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS THAT DID NOT VOTE OR VOTED CONSERVATIVE YESTERDAY IN TNE PCC ELECTIONS

NOW WE WILL SEE WHO CAPTAIN NICK APPOINTS AS THE NEW CHIEF CONSTABLE HIS SOLE DECISION AFTER NOT EVEN 1 DAY IN THE JOB.

Still he was born In a police station and his Dad was a Policeman. 40 years ago (that should help)

Now the problem starts for new candidates for the position of Chief Constable and. Good CV will help by including the following:

1. Are they party a party member ? (That will help)

2. Are you a sailor ?

3. Are you capable of taking control of completely demoralized staff.

4. Will you accept we need Policing that will win votes for the party not the area, especially Thurrock who are mainly only Labourites.

A very sad day for impartial without prejudice policing since 1840.

Perhaps Mrs May the Home Secretsry will make the decision behind the scenes.

A message to Captain Nick lets now see what you are made of !!

Policing ain't like driving HMS CAMERON. Everyday in every town in this country the lads are at war not just in the odd conflict around the world surrounded by the best weapons defence system known to man, most are alone protected by the weakest criminal justice system in the western world.
Good news now the truth will be known: A MESSAGE TO THE IDIOTS THAT DID NOT VOTE OR VOTED CONSERVATIVE YESTERDAY IN TNE PCC ELECTIONS NOW WE WILL SEE WHO CAPTAIN NICK APPOINTS AS THE NEW CHIEF CONSTABLE HIS SOLE DECISION AFTER NOT EVEN 1 DAY IN THE JOB. Still he was born In a police station and his Dad was a Policeman. 40 years ago (that should help) Now the problem starts for new candidates for the position of Chief Constable and. Good CV will help by including the following: 1. Are they party a party member ? (That will help) 2. Are you a sailor ? 3. Are you capable of taking control of completely demoralized staff. 4. Will you accept we need Policing that will win votes for the party not the area, especially Thurrock who are mainly only Labourites. A very sad day for impartial without prejudice policing since 1840. Perhaps Mrs May the Home Secretsry will make the decision behind the scenes. A message to Captain Nick lets now see what you are made of !! Policing ain't like driving HMS CAMERON. Everyday in every town in this country the lads are at war not just in the odd conflict around the world surrounded by the best weapons defence system known to man, most are alone protected by the weakest criminal justice system in the western world. Brunning999
  • Score: 7

12:51pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared! Olivia2847
  • Score: -4

2:05pm Sat 17 Nov 12

fletch12107 says...

He was tasked with reducing the budget by £40 million over five years. In year one he got rid of police stations,closed front offices,kicked out good support staff members and saved peanuts. On the policing side he reduced the number of divisions and moved officers all over the county. He then formed little groups of officers under silly job titles to only police under that job title umbrella. This move saved nothing as you cannot make police officers redundant so any perceived saving was made by not recruiting. Morale is rock bottom in Essex Police as along with the Chief Officers pathetic attempt to save money Teresa May has shafted them with an increase pension contribution and reduced pay out and longer working years. I think that in light of this he has made the right move to go but fail I to see how a tory boy who's party has introduced such morale busting changes will employ anyone likely to make Essex Police a better place to work.
He was tasked with reducing the budget by £40 million over five years. In year one he got rid of police stations,closed front offices,kicked out good support staff members and saved peanuts. On the policing side he reduced the number of divisions and moved officers all over the county. He then formed little groups of officers under silly job titles to only police under that job title umbrella. This move saved nothing as you cannot make police officers redundant so any perceived saving was made by not recruiting. Morale is rock bottom in Essex Police as along with the Chief Officers pathetic attempt to save money Teresa May has shafted them with an increase pension contribution and reduced pay out and longer working years. I think that in light of this he has made the right move to go but fail I to see how a tory boy who's party has introduced such morale busting changes will employ anyone likely to make Essex Police a better place to work. fletch12107
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Sat 17 Nov 12

B1gman says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ?? B1gman
  • Score: 0

3:18pm Sat 17 Nov 12

mirokou says...

"I cocked up, I'm off before a committee is set up"
Last one out turn the lights off
"I cocked up, I'm off before a committee is set up" Last one out turn the lights off mirokou
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Nebs says...

Could we do without a chief constable, then we could have a couple more police on the streets.
Could we do without a chief constable, then we could have a couple more police on the streets. Nebs
  • Score: 0

4:16pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

B1gman wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
It is such a shame that the point Olivia was trying to make is actually relevant but has been made in a conspiracy theory way, when it is not.

That question to any possible Chief application should be asked and declared from day 1 not because it is in the eyes of theorists as secret organization when the truth is it is not as can be seen by searching the Internet.

The reason it should be declared is to actually stop all the conspiracy theorists beliefs.

I feel the main question for any future Chief Constables will be are you a Conservative.

Any Change in Government should get rid of PCC's ASAP otherwise certain sections of the population will grow into an even bigger conspiracy theorists group mainly from the left and THAT IS NOT GOOD!

The Police MUST BE FREE FROM POLICIES DECIDED BY ONE PERSON WHO IS A POLITICIAN and that person alone SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SELECT OR DESELECT A CHIEF CONSTABLE.

Unfortunately that is what the Conservative very small minority of blind voters have voted for, is this Democaracy ?
[quote][p][bold]B1gman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ??[/p][/quote]It is such a shame that the point Olivia was trying to make is actually relevant but has been made in a conspiracy theory way, when it is not. That question to any possible Chief application should be asked and declared from day 1 not because it is in the eyes of theorists as secret organization when the truth is it is not as can be seen by searching the Internet. The reason it should be declared is to actually stop all the conspiracy theorists beliefs. I feel the main question for any future Chief Constables will be are you a Conservative. Any Change in Government should get rid of PCC's ASAP otherwise certain sections of the population will grow into an even bigger conspiracy theorists group mainly from the left and THAT IS NOT GOOD! The Police MUST BE FREE FROM POLICIES DECIDED BY ONE PERSON WHO IS A POLITICIAN and that person alone SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SELECT OR DESELECT A CHIEF CONSTABLE. Unfortunately that is what the Conservative very small minority of blind voters have voted for, is this Democaracy ? Brunning999
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Sat 17 Nov 12

firedog says...

O dear 999, didnt your friend get the job.
O dear 999, didnt your friend get the job. firedog
  • Score: -3

5:07pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

firedog wrote:
O dear 999, didnt your friend get the job.
No but yours did !
[quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: O dear 999, didnt your friend get the job.[/p][/quote]No but yours did ! Brunning999
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

25414nora says...

85% of the voting public kept away, because they had'nt a clue who, what, or why to vote for..
Clearly the above commenters, should have stayed away for the same reason.
85% of the voting public kept away, because they had'nt a clue who, what, or why to vote for.. Clearly the above commenters, should have stayed away for the same reason. 25414nora
  • Score: 5

7:19pm Sat 17 Nov 12

John T Pharro says...

B1gman wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive?
[quote][p][bold]B1gman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ??[/p][/quote]I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive? John T Pharro
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Sat 17 Nov 12

bumper says...

bye pick your clock up on ya bike ..........
bye pick your clock up on ya bike .......... bumper
  • Score: 1

5:15am Sun 18 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

B1gman wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
A great deal Brother in the scheme of things .....
[quote][p][bold]B1gman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ??[/p][/quote]A great deal Brother in the scheme of things ..... Olivia2847
  • Score: -3

5:16am Sun 18 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

John T Pharro wrote:
B1gman wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive?
I can't tell you ......
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B1gman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ??[/p][/quote]I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive?[/p][/quote]I can't tell you ...... Olivia2847
  • Score: 0

5:26am Sun 18 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Olivia2847 wrote:
John T Pharro wrote:
B1gman wrote:
Olivia2847 wrote:
And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared!
i fail to see the point of this statement ??
I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive?
I can't tell you ......
Anyone seen my 'pinnie' ? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B1gman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivia2847[/bold] wrote: And are you a Mason - sorry but it has to be said and declared![/p][/quote]i fail to see the point of this statement ??[/p][/quote]I don't always agree with Olivia and she most certainly does not agree with me as a rule, but I know exactly why she asks the question. Of course I can hear all the defenders of Masonic lodges, they have no power, philantropic organisation with no influence on politics and have no power. Then why are they so secretive?[/p][/quote]I can't tell you ......[/p][/quote]Anyone seen my 'pinnie' ? ;-) Olivia2847
  • Score: -1

10:44am Sun 18 Nov 12

maxell says...

just for the record as to the reason I did not vote: The police used to have sole discreation on how the law is upheld , if they were aware of wrong doing then they would act, its not the same now the police force is now to political so much so that the force is based on satitistical achivement and being told what they can and cant do by political hirachy, "as normal a done deal" give them back the power to do there jobs remove government intervention/constra
ints and let the police fill the jails, problem is once all the arrests have been made who would run the country, "My opinion of course"
just for the record as to the reason I did not vote: The police used to have sole discreation on how the law is upheld , if they were aware of wrong doing then they would act, its not the same now the police force is now to political so much so that the force is based on satitistical achivement and being told what they can and cant do by political hirachy, "as normal a done deal" give them back the power to do there jobs remove government intervention/constra ints and let the police fill the jails, problem is once all the arrests have been made who would run the country, "My opinion of course" maxell
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

maxell wrote:
just for the record as to the reason I did not vote: The police used to have sole discreation on how the law is upheld , if they were aware of wrong doing then they would act, its not the same now the police force is now to political so much so that the force is based on satitistical achivement and being told what they can and cant do by political hirachy, "as normal a done deal" give them back the power to do there jobs remove government intervention/constra

ints and let the police fill the jails, problem is once all the arrests have been made who would run the country, "My opinion of course"
Actually a very good opinion with a good message.
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: just for the record as to the reason I did not vote: The police used to have sole discreation on how the law is upheld , if they were aware of wrong doing then they would act, its not the same now the police force is now to political so much so that the force is based on satitistical achivement and being told what they can and cant do by political hirachy, "as normal a done deal" give them back the power to do there jobs remove government intervention/constra ints and let the police fill the jails, problem is once all the arrests have been made who would run the country, "My opinion of course"[/p][/quote]Actually a very good opinion with a good message. Brunning999
  • Score: 4

8:17am Tue 20 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

By the way by the looks of things the cap didn't fit either, as my CO used to say !
By the way by the looks of things the cap didn't fit either, as my CO used to say ! Olivia2847
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Thu 29 Nov 12

BMNO6 says...

Essex police farse the most fickle in the land, fact.
Essex police farse the most fickle in the land, fact. BMNO6
  • Score: 0

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