Chief Constable Andy Rhodes will be delivering this year's Annual Spring Chief Constable's Lecture
Through his role as the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary and as Service Director for Oscar Kilo www.oscarkilo.org.uk ,the National Police Well Being Service, CC Andy Rhodes will take stock of the evidence and data relating to contemporary workforce issues such as mental health, representation and technology. He will set out the challenges faced by all employers, in both the private and public sector, and apply them to policing suggesting that complacency is the greatest threat to attracting and retaining talent and therefore community safety. Andy will then put forward 4 radical ‘propositions for change’ in order to stimulate reflection and constructive debate.
Andy is the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. He is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for Wellbeing, Engagement & Organisational Development and the College of Policing Professional Community Chair for Organisational Development & International. In July 2018, Andy also took over the role of Chair of CPOSA - the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association.
Joining the police service in 1991, Andy has spent most of his service in operations ranging from public order to firearms to Counter Terrorism. Until recently he was a Counter Terrorism Strategic Firearms Commander, a role he views as the most enjoyable and challenging of his career.
In 2012 he established the NPCC Well Being Working Group and in May 2017 set up Oscar Kilo funded by Public Health and over 50 Blue Light services. Andy is currently leading on one aspect of the programme, developing a National Mental Health & Wellbeing service which aims to embed prevention into every area of how we manage our people.
Andy speaks passionately about the importance of culture, leadership and resilience in terms of providing the world class support our people need to stay healthy in mind and body so that they can thrive (not just survive)in the challenging world of policing.
Seven years on and every force is now inspected on their approach to well-being provision. Oscar Kilo has the only Blue Light specific self-assessment and a huge amount of research ongoing into areas such as the neuroscience of trauma, peer groups and critical incident debriefs.
In 2018 Andy led on the National Police & Health Consensus advocating a radically new way of working across complex systems in support of prevention and vulnerability. He is translating this locally to declare Lancashire a trauma-informed County.