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The 'tragic and traumatic' remain with officers forever, new ACC argues

Warrington and Manchester bombing tragedies shaped 'vast' policing career of force's people leader
Published - 04/07/2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle

Traumatic terror-related tragedies have defined the three decades-long career of a new assistant chief as he returns “home” to where his father began his policing career.

Newly-promoted Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey says his switch from Cheshire to Greater Manchester is the opportunity to “give back to the city and surrounding areas where I have lived and spent most of my life”.

The national policing lead for data protection and freedom of information’s move has been warmly welcomed by Greater Manchester chief Ian Hopkins who commended the new ACC for a “wealth of knowledge and skills from a vast policing career”.

During his two-year spell at Cheshire, ACC Bailey was responsible for local policing, specialist operations and headed up a number of change programmes including the introduction of a new force command and control system as well as being the North West regional lead for public order and public safety.

Acting as the ‘Head of People’, he was also lead of professional standards and human resources – achieving an Investors in People silver award for wellbeing.

In this role he established the Positive Action Team, overseeing significant changes to the diversity of the Cheshire force including increased representation of female officers in specialist and senior positions and increasing the proportion of BAME officers.

On his transfer to Greater Manchester, the assistant chief constable said it was a “great honour” to be following in his father’s footsteps, in addition to the “challenge in such a high profile force with so much ambition”.

Looking back on his career, he said: “When I started my role as a police officer I found my vocation and understanding of how I could help the public.

“Since then I’ve had many memorable moments and found there was no better feeling than locking up an offender and making a difference to victims of crime or vulnerable people.

“Unfortunately, a sad reality of the job is the tragic and traumatic incidents that stick in your mind and remain with you forever.

“I was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the Warrington bombing in 1993 and was the senior officer on duty at Cheshire Police on the night of the Manchester Arena bomb.”

He said both events had only “further increased my motivation to be a police officer and do all I can to help”, adding: “I look forward to being involved with a force that has the ambition to have such a positive impact on the communities, particularly through placed based partnerships.”

ACC Bailey has worked as a detective and a uniformed officer across all ranks, is also a strategic firearms commander, gold public order commander and multi-agency gold incident command-trained. 

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