Four members of the West Midlands police force have become the first in any UK force to achieve Chartered Manager status, in recognition of their management and leadership skills.
To qualify for the title the officers had to complete an assignment focusing on management issues as well as having to show how their actions over the past 12 months have driven change and increased operational efficiency.
The ability to engage with communities, business partners and other public and private sectors was an essential factor in this process.
Inspector Yvonne Bruton, of the Leadership Centre at West Midlands Police, said: “The scheme is significant because our staff will only be able to retain Chartered Manager status if they demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development.
“That means no one can rest on the laurels of an award and our local community will benefit from police who are determined to be the best and make a difference,” she said.
Chief superintendent Malcolm Coall, chief inspector Mick Gillick, inspector Scott McKenna, and Fingerprint Enhancement Unit manager Sarah Merrick have all been awarded the status of Chartered Manager.