Chief Superintendent Ken Henning
LISBURN police commander, Chief
Superintendent Ken Henning, is leaving the District, after being
appointed the Police Service's Head of Training, which will
include the role of Head of the Police College.
In his new role Mr Henning will lead on all
aspects of training across Northern Ireland.
Mr Henning has had a long association with
Lisburn. It began as an RUC cadet in 1977, through two other
appointments in the '90s, as an Inspector and Chief Inspector,
to his last post as commander from August 2004.
"Policing with the people of Lisburn has been
an honour and a privilege," said Mr Henning, reflecting on his
time in the city. "And leading the team of officers and support
staff who have worked tirelessly with the community to make
Lisburn District a safer place for everybody has been a similar
He went on to say: "Policing is all about
working together to serve local communities. That should be our
aim. And I have been delighted to work closely with agencies,
community groups, councillors, MLAs and the local MP, Jeffrey
Emphasising the importance of partnership
within the District, Mr Henning spoke of the value of the local
District Policing Partnership.
"The DPP plays an important part in
monitoring police performance," he said. "But it is important
for the police and the delivery of policing if any criticisms
are constructive and positive.
"We have been criticised on performance but
there are many things which influence crime and detection. There
are no simple answers. Hence my plea at the time for caution and
"We are doing markedly better and things are
going the right way. For example, criminal damage has gone down
by almost five percent in the second quarter of this year.
Violent crime has also fallen.
"Lisburn DCU is now on target for an overall
reduction of crime in line with our policing plan. We have moved
from a 1.6 per cent increase reported at the last DPP meeting to
a now 2.5 per cent decrease which is good news for the people of
"Our robust approach to road policing has
also paid off in that, thankfully, there were no fatalities in
the second quarter to date. Whilst this is the case, there have
been around a further 20 people seriously injured and so it
remains a police priority to make the roads in Lisburn District
safer. "To do this we need the co-operation of all road users
and I would appeal to drivers in particular to slow down and
respect the road conditions and laws.
"The DPP chair and manager, indeed all
members, have contributed to policing in' the area."
Mr Henning left the people of Lisburn with a
final plea to help tackle crime in the District.
"Policing is a rewarding yet challenging
career - a career which many people are choosing to follow," he
said. "We will play our part but others have to play theirs.
"At its simplest, we can all tackle the issue
of burglary. We will pursue those who break into other people's
homes, shops, places of business. But, for example, more than
half of all burglaries in July and August were not forced entry;
the thief just walked in. People had not secured their goods.
"At another level the police need the support
of every member of the community. Indeed, I would contend that
they are entitled to expect that support.
"Because working together we defeat the
criminal; we can tackle those who kill and maim on our roads; we
can reduce fear of crime."
It is with a heavy heart that Mr Henning is
saying farewell to Lisburn, however he is eagerly anticipating
his new challenge. "I am leaving Lisburn with mixed feelings. I
am looking forward to the challenges of leading police training,
but I will miss the day to day contact with operational policing
Mr Henning concluded by wishing his
successor, Superintendent Mark Gilmore, every success.
"I would wish him well, as I do all my
colleagues both police and civilian" he said.