One of Norfolk and Suffolk’s Assistant Chief Constables has said that she can “no longer make a difference” or “support frontline.”
ACC Sarah Hamlin took to twitter this morning, Tuesday August 30, to say that after 30 years on the force she is retiring after becoming “resigned to the fact that my values no longer fit the org. I can’t make a difference, support frontline.”
She added: “And so I wish colleagues & friends all the best. Let’s hope #policing can recover & that officers & staff welfare is prioritised.”
She said she is now looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Playing golf and kayaking.
Police forces across the country have faced repeated budget cuts in recent years with many senior officers voicing concerns that the ‘Thin Blue Line’ has become too thin.
Both Suffolk and Norfolk police chiefs paid tribute to ACC Hamlin’s work but did not respond to her tweets.
Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “As an Assistant Chief Constable for both forces, Sarah has made some significant contributions across many different areas.
“As head of protective services she has helped shape everything from intelligence to major investigations, and throughout her career she has worked closely with some of the most vulnerable members of society. Alongside this, Sarah has played a key role in helping us all to think differently about how we deliver policing in today’s online world.”
Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: “Sarah’s joint role across Suffolk and Norfolk helped us to work together more effectively. In this challenging financial climate, collaboration has helped deliver our services more efficiently and Sarah’s knowledge and experience has made a real difference.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk Lorne Green said: “I was sorry to hear the news that ACC Sarah Hamlin will be leaving Norfolk Police. In the three-and-a-half months I have been Police and Crime Commissioner, I have had the opportunity to work with her a number of times and have been impressed by her commitment and professionalism.
“ I am aware of the important contribution she has made over 30 years and am disappointed the Constabulary will no longer benefit from her knowledge and dedication. I know she had even more to give, but wish her well in her retirement.”