Durham’s chief

Durham has consistently been rated the UK’s best constabulary over the last several years, despite being one of the hardest hit by reduced funding. This article gives an appreciative profile of their chief, Mike Barton, described paradoxically as liberal but tough on “villains,” a tech innovator who doesn’t send his own e-mails, and “a hands-off boss who often micromanages things.” Unlike many of his peers, he has prioritized community-support officers and front-line problem solving even in the face of severe budget cuts.

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