New ACC is looking forward to her new challenge
West Midlands Police’s newest Assistant Chief Constable, Vanessa Jardine starts her new role as head of local policing at WMP tomorrow (Monday 8 July) after 25 years with Greater Manchester Police.
Vanessa said: "I am excited about being given the opportunity to join one of the largest police forces in the UK. My priority is to do everything I can to help keep the people of the West Midlands safe.”
Prior to coming to West Midlands Police, Vanessa has been a temporary ACC in both Northumbria and Greater Manchester Police, where she has held responsibility for Local Policing, Specialist Operations and the Communications departments.
As a Chief Superintendent in GMP, Vanessa was head of Public Protection and lead in the transformation of the department to assist in providing the best possible service, support and justice, for victims of domestic abuse and sexual offences.
In taking responsibility for local policing within the West Midlands, Vanessa said: “Neighbourhood policing has a huge role to play in the service that we deliver for our communities. I passionately believe that officers and staff knowing and working with communities is the way to tackle crime and help to keep people safe.
“The police cannot do this alone though, we must be able to problem solve and tackle the issues that people face through partnership working, alongside both the private and public sector.
“Everyone needs to think ‘how can I help to solve this person’s problems and how best can I do this?’. I will be spending time with our partners to ensure we maintain and develop further a ’one team’ approach moving forwards.
“I have heard many great things about the West Midlands and am really looking forward to getting to know and working with colleagues. I will be going out on patrol as soon as I can and meeting members of the community.
“This is a really exciting time, with Coventry being the next City of Culture for the UK and the Commonwealth Games in the region in 2022. I can’t wait to get started and be a part of the great future of the West Midlands."