New chief superintendent for Bolton AND Wigan says town will not be neglected

New chief superintendent for Bolton AND Wigan says town will not be neglected

New chief superintendent for Bolton AND Wigan says town will not be neglected

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

THE town's new chief superintendent says he is immensely proud to be taking on the division’s top role.

Ch Supt Shaun Donnellan was appointed in the job earlier this month. He has worked as Wigan's chief superintendent for five years and will now oversee both towns.

Ch Supt Donnellan said: “I'm really excited about becoming the chief superintendent of Bolton. I'm immensely proud to have two areas like Bolton and Wigan that are both completely separate.

“While in the role I will embark on partnership working and community cohesion. We are trying to look after our most vulnerable people and I will be building on the great work Ch Supt David Hull has done in Bolton.”

He added: “I am most excited about the diversity of the borough. I can build on the close partnership between the police and elected members. We can do great things together.”

Ch Supt Donnellan said overseeing two areas “would not be a problem” adding that people should not worry about one town being neglected.

He takes over from Ch Supt David Hull, who stepped aside to start a role at GMP’s headquarters where he will look into future changes for the force.

The force's 10 divisional commanders were reduced to five as part of cash saving measures after it was announced last year a further £66 million needed to be saved.

Ch Supt Donnellan praised the work of the new partnership in the town centre which is working to improve the night time economy and attract families and older people to Bolton.

Licensees, door staff, taxi firms, CCTV operators, Bolton Street Angels, police and Bolton Council have joined forces to come up with ways to make the town more attractive.

Ch Supt Donnellan joined the force in 1981 and has worked in CID on many high profile murder cases, including the Manchester IRA bombings in 1996, and Jessie James, aged 15, who was gunned down as he cycled through Moss Side, Manchester, in 2006. He also worked on the Strangeways prison riot in 1990.

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7:25am Wed 26 Mar 14

breightmet kid says...

There are well over 1/2M people living in the Metropolitan area of Bolton/Wigan. How can Policing be as efficient with one man running the show when he replaced two, not possible. Policing in both towns will suffer. How many times have we seen bigger is better?

There are many bad examples of things being reorganised into bigger units and history and fact tell us things are much worse because of it.

The next thing to be made more efficient will be the Fire Service, watch this space.
There are well over 1/2M people living in the Metropolitan area of Bolton/Wigan. How can Policing be as efficient with one man running the show when he replaced two, not possible. Policing in both towns will suffer. How many times have we seen bigger is better? There are many bad examples of things being reorganised into bigger units and history and fact tell us things are much worse because of it. The next thing to be made more efficient will be the Fire Service, watch this space. breightmet kid
  • Score: 7

7:49am Wed 26 Mar 14

Hulton Park says...

Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent.

Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents.

Why?
Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent. Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents. Why? Hulton Park
  • Score: 9

9:41am Wed 26 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Another political police chief in the mould of Peter Fahy no mention of cracking down on criminals but 'Diversity' 'Cohesion' yes another puppet given a top job brushing under the carpet the drugging and gang raping of under age British girls by Asians and will be looking the other way when Asians are causing death and mayhem on our roads with their couldnt careless about others driving styles. This country is rotten to the core.
Another political police chief in the mould of Peter Fahy no mention of cracking down on criminals but 'Diversity' 'Cohesion' yes another puppet given a top job brushing under the carpet the drugging and gang raping of under age British girls by Asians and will be looking the other way when Asians are causing death and mayhem on our roads with their couldnt careless about others driving styles. This country is rotten to the core. Wolfie190
  • Score: 11

10:09am Wed 26 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

Another reason to get out of Greater Manchester. All resources always seem to go within the M60 rather than outside. Greater Manchester is 40 years old next week and Bolton in that time has suffered badly. Let's get out now!
Another reason to get out of Greater Manchester. All resources always seem to go within the M60 rather than outside. Greater Manchester is 40 years old next week and Bolton in that time has suffered badly. Let's get out now! Reality50
  • Score: 10

10:29am Wed 26 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Hulton Park wrote:
Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent.

Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents.

Why?
I think what really matters is not the number of people living there, but the demand on the police in these area.

If the area covered by two superintendents receives twice the number of calls to the police then clearly it needs twice the number of staff. Just because the number of people who reside in a place is lower doesn't mean that demand is lower.

I suspect if you measured the number of people in Manchester ar 12 noon then the figure would be significantly higher.
[quote][p][bold]Hulton Park[/bold] wrote: Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent. Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents. Why?[/p][/quote]I think what really matters is not the number of people living there, but the demand on the police in these area. If the area covered by two superintendents receives twice the number of calls to the police then clearly it needs twice the number of staff. Just because the number of people who reside in a place is lower doesn't mean that demand is lower. I suspect if you measured the number of people in Manchester ar 12 noon then the figure would be significantly higher. atlas123
  • Score: 2

10:31am Wed 26 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

In addition to my above comments, the usual cry is cut bureaucracy and cut the number of big wigs and the managers. Well that is what is happening here, Superintendents don't go solving crimes they sit behind desks mainly 9-5 pushing paper collecting the wage of 2-3 PCs.
In addition to my above comments, the usual cry is cut bureaucracy and cut the number of big wigs and the managers. Well that is what is happening here, Superintendents don't go solving crimes they sit behind desks mainly 9-5 pushing paper collecting the wage of 2-3 PCs. atlas123
  • Score: 6

2:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

It's all down to one thing and one thing alone. That old devil of a word 'efficiency', better know to we mere mortals as cost cutting and having something on the cheap.

Good luck to this chap, he's welcome to the job. With Wigan being by far the largest of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester - another Tory initiated balls up, and now adopting this 5H1th0le of a backwater, he will most certainly soon become hacked off.
It's all down to one thing and one thing alone. That old devil of a word 'efficiency', better know to we mere mortals as cost cutting and having something on the cheap. Good luck to this chap, he's welcome to the job. With Wigan being by far the largest of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester - another Tory initiated balls up, and now adopting this 5H1th0le of a backwater, he will most certainly soon become hacked off. wsw69
  • Score: 5

7:14am Thu 27 Mar 14

Hulton Park says...

atlas123 wrote:
Hulton Park wrote: Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent. Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents. Why?
I think what really matters is not the number of people living there, but the demand on the police in these area. If the area covered by two superintendents receives twice the number of calls to the police then clearly it needs twice the number of staff. Just because the number of people who reside in a place is lower doesn't mean that demand is lower. I suspect if you measured the number of people in Manchester ar 12 noon then the figure would be significantly higher.
Demand is an important factor, I agree. However, bearing in mind GMP's historically poor performance compared with similar forces, I think we, as a large urban area, are still being shortchanged. Bolton also has a net influx during the working day - the only borough in GM apart from Manchester to do so - so why dilute its policing status further?

I should be surprised, for example, if the South Manchester division - population rather less than 250,000 and with no great net influx into the area, apart from the airport - should really take precedence over the reasonable expectations of service of the people of Wigan and Bolton. Why was South Manchester not merged with suburban Trafford, creating a policing area with still only two-thirds the population?

If you are saying that, as an area, we might be better off being served by the better-performing Lancashire Constabulary, that might be something worth considering.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hulton Park[/bold] wrote: Bolton and Wigan, population 590, 000: one chief superintendent. Manchester, population 500, 000: two superintendents. Why?[/p][/quote]I think what really matters is not the number of people living there, but the demand on the police in these area. If the area covered by two superintendents receives twice the number of calls to the police then clearly it needs twice the number of staff. Just because the number of people who reside in a place is lower doesn't mean that demand is lower. I suspect if you measured the number of people in Manchester ar 12 noon then the figure would be significantly higher.[/p][/quote]Demand is an important factor, I agree. However, bearing in mind GMP's historically poor performance compared with similar forces, I think we, as a large urban area, are still being shortchanged. Bolton also has a net influx during the working day - the only borough in GM apart from Manchester to do so - so why dilute its policing status further? I should be surprised, for example, if the South Manchester division - population rather less than 250,000 and with no great net influx into the area, apart from the airport - should really take precedence over the reasonable expectations of service of the people of Wigan and Bolton. Why was South Manchester not merged with suburban Trafford, creating a policing area with still only two-thirds the population? If you are saying that, as an area, we might be better off being served by the better-performing Lancashire Constabulary, that might be something worth considering. Hulton Park
  • Score: 0

3:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

BoltonLancs says...

Working in both towns, and even as a Boltonian, I'd much rather live in Wigan. They have their fair share of crime, but in general it's a far more traditional town than the sh1th0le Bolton has become.

Wigan town centre is better managed with fewer empty shops than Bolton and has a much happier vibe than Bolton's forced multiculturalism.

I'm sure Mr Donnellan is aware of Bolton's 'diversity' and all the problems associated with it, but if he and his staff can police and respond in a more traditional, matter-of-fact, uninfluenced manner than I wish him well..

Yep, I'm yet another who doesn't in any way rate or subscribe to any form of non-integrating multiculturalism which benefits, in the main, the unaccountable, back-slapping, wealthy liberalists who govern us from abroad.
Working in both towns, and even as a Boltonian, I'd much rather live in Wigan. They have their fair share of crime, but in general it's a far more traditional town than the sh1th0le Bolton has become. Wigan town centre is better managed with fewer empty shops than Bolton and has a much happier vibe than Bolton's forced multiculturalism. I'm sure Mr Donnellan is aware of Bolton's 'diversity' and all the problems associated with it, but if he and his staff can police and respond in a more traditional, matter-of-fact, uninfluenced manner than I wish him well.. Yep, I'm yet another who doesn't in any way rate or subscribe to any form of non-integrating multiculturalism which benefits, in the main, the unaccountable, back-slapping, wealthy liberalists who govern us from abroad. BoltonLancs
  • Score: 0

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