New chief appointed for the Specials

Paul Airlie, Lancashire Police's new Specials chief officer
Paul Airlie, Lancashire Police's new Specials chief officer

Lancashire Special Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Officer has been appointed as the new Chief Officer.

Paul Airlie, who joined the Specials in 1997, takes over from former Chief Officer Nigel Walters, who stepped down from the role in July due to personal commitments.

Paul held the deputy post since the organisational review of the Specials in 2011, having previously worked in Kirkham, Lytham St Annes and Blackpool.

Speaking of his appointment Paul said: “I am delighted to accept the role of Chief Officer. The Special Constabulary in Lancashire now has almost 500 officers and we continue to grow in both numbers and professionalism.

“I am committed to working with Special and regular colleagues to ensure that we continue to support local policing priorities and play our part in maintaining a quality service.

“I was also very pleased to see that the latest HMIC Report recognised the hard work of the Specials in Lancashire which is a great tribute to my volunteer colleagues.”

By day, the 43 year old is an Assistant Director with the Home Office, Immigration Enforcement based in Salford.

Paul said: “It can be difficult to juggle the two roles, but it’s all about time management and being really disciplined, as well as understanding what needs to be done as a priority.

“Sometimes you do have to say no to some things in both jobs, but I’m really lucky in that I have a really good group of Special Inspectors .”