Without a Vision

There’s an old line from the Good Book that’s been on my mind of late. It goes something like this: “Without a vision, the people perish.” It comes from the Old Testament book of Proverbs (known also as ‘The Book of Wisdom’) and it has particular resonance as I scan the current police-related news headlines.... Continue Reading →

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Rising Crime

The headlines are telling us that crime is rising. So here are ten brief suggestions from a retired police officer to suggest why that might be so: (1) Falling Police Officer Numbers There is an absolute connection between the number of police officers in England & Wales and the number of crimes committed in England... Continue Reading →

Remembering

It was the grandest of adventures – my life in blue.  I remember the moment I first knew that I wanted to be a Copper. The PC walking down the other side of Hammersmith Broadway won’t have seen the tentative schoolboy standing at the bus stop. But I saw him. And, from that moment on,... Continue Reading →

Against Hope, Believing in Hope

This is a short tale about two football teams. The first are a group of grown men who carried the hopes of a watching nation. The second are a group of young boys who carried the hopes of a watching world. In Russia, the England men’s football team made it to a World Cup Semi-Final... Continue Reading →

Tense

Policing Future Much talk at the moment about the future of policing. Amongst the headlines and proposals: New recruitment processes New entry routes (three of them - and much animated talk about degrees) New approaches to assessment and professional development New role profiles New Licences to Practice New ideas about pay and reward - including... Continue Reading →

The Violence Disease

Just over 11 years ago, in March 2007, I stood quietly on Hammersmith Grove in West London. I was dressed in full police uniform. It was a beautiful spring morning and we had just closed the local roads to allow the friends and family of an innocent young boy to come and pay their respects... Continue Reading →

Stuff I Got Wrong

Retirement takes a bit of getting used to. But it certainly allows some time and space to think. Precious time. Time that can otherwise be hard to find in a world that is moving far faster than is good for any of us. And so I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about some of... Continue Reading →

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