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.

This is an exciting time for Lancashire Constabulary and I am honoured to have been appointed in this new specialist Diversity and Inclusion role working with the Chief Officer team to progress a key area of policing. 

I have worked for Lancashire police for 19 years in various policing areas ranging from the Force Control Room, Hate Crime, Honour Crime, Counter Terrorism, Change Management, Leadership Review and Organisational Development.  I have also worked nationally for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Terrorism and Allied Matters) in Westminster and as part of a national inspection team for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).  I am also part of a review team that works with other police forces across the UK on behalf of the National College of Policing.  

I am therefore looking forward to working with the communities in Lancashire and use this opportunity to turn my role into a two way process where I can listen to you and relay back community based solutions to influence the future of policing in Lancashire.

I hope I can count on your support and we can make a lasting difference to the future of all our communities in Lancashire.  

I will be writing in Asian Image on a regular basis and will keep you updated on information, events and other areas of policing which impact on communities.

If you would like to contact me to explain how we can work together, please feel free to email me on 

That’s it from me for now. On behalf of the Constabulary and the Chief Officer Team, stay safe and to all the Muslims across the UK, have a blessed month of Ramadhan.  

Rozila Kana, Corporate Development, Lancashire Constabulary