In June 2017, a new Chief Officer team was appointed by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner to lead Lancashire Constabulary. This team is made up of Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin, Assistant Chief Constable Terry Woods, Assistant Chief Constable Jo Edwards, Chief Resource Officer Ian Cosh and Assistant Chief Officer Jon Martin.
Sunita Gamblin was an external addition to Lancashire’s distinguished Chief Officer team. Her public service started in the East Midlands in 1989. In 2015, she was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Sunita Gamblin and Assistant Commissioner Pat Gallan from the Metropolitan Police are two of the highest-ranking female ethnic minority police officers nationally.
Since taking up her post in Lancashire, Sunita Gamblin’s leadership ideas have transformed the Constabulary approach to fairness and inclusion. She has influenced the conversation about why it is so important to understand communities and tailoring policing approaches to reflect it. To her, people are critical to success and this is what she has embedded in the culture and business processes. She encourages effective mechanisms of voice, innovation and inclusion to attract fresh ideas from the whole organization underpinned by valuing difference.
Sunita Gamblin has also been asked to deputise for the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Race, Religion and Belief. This will enable her to influence even wider and leave a legacy of improvement in understanding issues affecting communities across the UK.
With the Chief Constable and Commissioners support, Sunita has appointed outreach workforce development officers to increase representation from “new and emerging” communities and created a new specialist Diversity and Inclusion role to improve relations between communities, stakeholders and police.