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FBI influence at North Yorkshire police


11:45am 7th October 2011

A York police officer aims to help retain North Yorkshire Police’s status as the lowest crime area in England by gaining experience with the FBI.

Superintendent Lisa Winward, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for York, beat off competition from over 50 international applicants to secure a place on the leadership training course at the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

She jetted out to America on Monday 3 October 2011 as the only British police officer on the latest intake of the 10-week, FBI-funded course. The FBI run four leadership training programmes each year.

Supt Winward will learn about intelligence based policing as well as the tactics, strategy and theory behind leadership from the American experts.

The FBI are willing to fund such courses as they contribute to the huge success all countries who send officers to the academy have enjoyed in tackling cross-border crime.

North Yorkshire Police is currently the top performing force in England with the lowest crime, based on crimes per 1,000 population. Giving officers the chance to learn from such highly skilled and experienced agencies can only improve performance and enhance the service available to the communities of North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Supt Winward said:

“I am very grateful for the support of North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police Authority for allowing me the time to take up this fantastic development opportunity.

“I am very fortunate to have the chance to learn best policing practice from others across the world and not only will this experience benefit me when I return but I hope it will benefit the communities of York and North Yorkshire as well.”

Supt Winward who began her policing career as a Special Constable in York in 1993, will return to her role as York’s Safer Neighbourhood Commander in January.

She added: “I am very much looking forward to coming back to serve the communities of York in the new year and will be making every effort to make good use of what I will learn on the course.”

In the meantime Superintendent Aubrey Smith will take over as Safer Neighbourhood Commander for York.

Supt Smith has 26 years’ policing experience and is relishing the challenge of serving the people of York.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work in the City of York and continue the excellent partnership working that has reduced crime, improved detections and made the City an even safer place to live and to visit.

“I am extremely proud to have been given the role as York Safer Neighbourhood Commander and will be fully committed to the job in my time here.”   

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell also attended the FBI leadership course earlier in his career and is fully supportive of Sup Winward’s trip.

He said: The course is a fantastic opportunity for Lisa to develop her skills at a world renowned institution.

“When she returns and begins to put into practice what she has learnt it will be of great benefit to the force and the communities of North Yorkshire and the City of York.”

Superintendent Winward will be writing a weekly blog outlining her experiences with the FBI, to keep updated visit here.

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