Back in 2007, I took on the job of being the Director of Organisation Development (Collaboration) for the six police services of the Eastern region (comprising Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex). At the time I was living in Oxford but knowing that I would soon be moving to Buckingham. The job was based in Huntingdon at Cambridgeshire Police HQ but with, obviously, a very wide patch to cover. The post was paid at Assistant Chief Constable grade: a very good salary.
- When I took on the job, did I ever consider having someone drive me around? No.
- Did I consider asking for the job to be based in Bedford (a lot closer to me)? No.
- Was I focused upon doing everything I could to improve social outcomes and value for money for other people? Yes.
- Did I pay for my own commuting to Huntingdon? Yes.
- Did I arrange for an encrypted laptop so that I could access emails and documents securely from home or indeed anywhere? Yes.
- Did I accept it was my responsibility to make the new arrangements (including all the logistics) work? Yes.
- Did I think what I was doing was in any way unusual? No.... (thousands of people commute long distances to work and find ways to function remotely).