Ruth Purdie has praised the support, energy and wisdom of road safety stakeholders after stepping down as TISPOL’s general secretary.
TISPOL – the European Traffic Police Network – was established by traffic police forces across Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe.
TISPOL acts as a platform for learning and exchange of good practice between the traffic police forces of Europe. The organisation says its activities are guided by ‘research, intelligence, information and experience, and producing measurable results’.
Ruth Purdie assumed the role of general secretary in September 2015 – taking over responsibility for roads policing, as well as major incidents.
In her tenure as general secretary, TISPOL conceived Project EDWARD – an initiative which aims to spearhead significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury across Europe.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Project EDWARD has been recognised with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.
Ms Purdie has left TISPOL to take up the post of chief operations officer at UKROEd, where she will head a team involved in the development and delivery of education and training for drivers and riders who commit low level offences across the UK.
Ruth Purdie said: “It has been a great pleasure and privilege for me to have played my part in steering TISPOL through some exciting and challenging times.
“In particular it is rewarding to reflect on what we have achieved together in building our reputation as a key player on the European stage, where we are listened to and where we can really make a difference in reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe’s roads.
“There is a lot of work to be done in the coming years. I believe TISPOL is ideally placed to continue with a valuable contribution to this work, and I wish the new TISPOL network every success in future years.”