Leicestershire chief constable Simon Cole reveals policing philosophy
Chief constable Simon Cole outlined his philosophy of policing in a talk this week.
Mr Cole delivered the annual Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society lecture, which is sponsored by the Leicester Mercury, on Monday night.
In a wide-ranging talk, he outlined the historical development of modern policing, forces' relationships with the media and the challenge of understanding and dealing with new media in the age of the internet.
Mr Cole, who became chief constable in June, 2010, having previously served with the Hampshire and West Midlands forces, said: "Our neighbourhood policing model is based on a philosophy of local teams of officers who identify local problems by speaking to local people – and then doing something about them."
Mr Cole, who speaks for the Association of Chief Police Officers on mental health and disability issues, also answered questions from the audience at De Montfort University's Aston Building in Leicester.
Mr Cole, who is also a visiting fellow of the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, said he was not opposed to allowing overseas officers to come to the UK and that he believed his officers did not need to be routinely armed.