On the wall of Chief Insp Jim Tyner’s now permanent Skegness-based office is a display case, made by a family member, with trinkets from his past in the police force encased within.
“I keep that there so I can see it,” he says. “It’s got the handcuffs and the truncheon in and it reminds me that I’m still a cop, and won’t hesitate in making arrests if I need to.”
What’s important is knowing members of the community, if they want to meet in the village hall we will go there, if they are happy to communicate over social media we can do it that way.Chief Insp Jim Tyner
Mr Tyner has spent the last two months as temporary Chief Inspector responsible for operational policing across East Lindsey – and last Monday announced that he had passed the promotion board making his position permanent.
He told The Standard that he had spent his time in the 650 square mile area – the largest policing district in England – visiting its 11 police stations, patrolling various towns and villages and getting to know the staff.
The officer, who’s background is in community policing and who helped create the Neighbourhood Policing Teams initiative, said he had a ‘passion for community policing’ which he felt had been reflected in his work in his previous roles in Spalding.
He said: “The next stage is learning what matters to the community by talking to the inspectors on the ground and finding out what the priorities are for the community.”
Mr Tyner is well-known in Spalding for his prolific use of social media - something he says he won’t force on the area but he will reflect on what worked and what didn’t and see how it will be applied here.
He said: “What’s important is knowing members of the community, if they want to meet in the village hall we will go there, if they are happy to communicate over social media we can do it that way.”
He added: “My officers already patrol the area so it’s about making sure we have best use of the technology and equipment available to us – the best use of mobile data, reducing unnecessary bureaucracy .”
Mr Tyner praised his officers in both Spalding and Skegness.
Anyone on Twitter can follow Mr Tyner’s account @ChInspSkegness
A brief history of Jim Tyner’s career
○○ Jim Tyner started his career as a special constable in Spalding in 1989.
○○ He became a civilian enquiry officer in 1992.
○○ He has worked as a PC, a sergeant and inspector.
○○ He has also worked as a staff officer for Chief Constable Neil Rhodes when he was a deputy.
○○ Mr Tyner spent time as chief inspector with the National Policing Improvement Agency - the forerunner to the College of Policing.
○○ He was the delivery manager for the team that introduced Nighbourhood Policing across England and Wales.