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IOPC: The Impact Of Positive Change

Category: Independent office police conduct, Subject Matter Networks

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I recently celebrated (yes, celebrated!) six years with the IOPC and reflecting back over my career here as a trainee investigator, investigator, lead investigator, project manager, senior project manager, oversight officer and now equalities delivery manager it feels like we’re going through the biggest period of positive change in my time here.

A large reason for my positivity has come from the introduction of the Subject Matter Networks (SMNs), which l have been deeply involved in since their launch. I remember when the concept was introduced to me, I had no idea what one was or why we might need them in our organisation. However once I grasped their aims and did some research into their success elsewhere, I was very quickly on board.

I felt that some of the frustrations I had experienced about the IOPC would be challenged by the SMNs, making us both a better place to work and a more effective organisation. Knowing that the SMNs would recognise the expertise already present in our people and help develop their careers; that we would be working on better lines of communication and aim to repeat fewer mistakes of the past; that we would collect groups of passionate colleagues and let them introduce innovations to the way that we work while challenging existing conventions; all of these factors made me enthusiastic about being part of this initiative and seeing where it could take our organisation.

The SMNs are still far from perfect, they still feel brand new and have lots of lessons still to learn. They have, however, already brought together over 200 colleagues who have introduced numerous positive changes, both procedurally and culturally; they have given us greater credibility and stronger relationships with external stakeholders; they have given recognition to our colleagues while opening the avenues for their own development.

More importantly for me, they have given me a real sense of pride in being part of the IOPC and excitement for what’s to come.

Written by Lyndon Campbell

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