Cumbria Police Federation

Christmas and New Year Message from Cumbria Police Federation Chair Ed Russell

21 December 2023

2023 has been a challenging year in policing, but the officers of Cumbria Constabulary have consistently risen to that challenge. Cumbria has seen sustained reductions in crime levels, significant disruption to criminal networks, investments in neighbourhood policing - all of this amid some of the most significant structural changes in the organisations history.

None of these achievements would have been possible had it not been for the dedication and tireless service of its officers and their colleagues, and that dedication will continue throughout the festive period, with officers responding to calls from the public, patrolling our communities and working hard to Keep Cumbria Safe.

Cumbria has also undergone significant efforts this year to recruit and train the next generation of officers. I know that each of these new officers embarking on their careers will continue to uphold the high standards set in Cumbria and to each of them I offer my respect and thanks for their commitment.

Looking forward to 2024, Cumbria Constabulary will continue to adapt to the needs of its residents under the auspices of Chief Constable Rob Carden with the intention of driving down crime and disorder across the county.

2024 will also likely see a General Election and I would hope that this will be an ideal opportunity for whichever Government comes to power to focus on properly funding and supporting policing to do their jobs. Removing administrative barriers and needless bureaucracy - and allowing forces to focus on the things that matter to all of us.

I hope that each of you finds some time to spend with your families and loved ones over this period, otherwise, have a Merry Christmas, stay safe and look after each other.