The Stop & Search Debate

Another day. Another grim set of headlines about boys being murdered on our streets. And, inevitably, the Stop & Search debate comes back round again. Depressingly, the prevailing tone has become more and more binary - a back-and-forth argument between those who regard Stop & Search as the root of all evil and those who... Continue Reading →

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The Missing 20,000

I find myself caught somewhere between incredibly angry and wearily lost for words.  A week or two ago, Sajid Javid - the current Home Secretary - pledged that, if he became prime minister, he would put 20,000 more police officers on the streets. Speaking on the radio a few days ago, Boris Johnson suggested that... Continue Reading →

On Leadership

And so to the queue of people telling us that they want to be the next Prime Minister. Faced by an electorate baffled and bewildered and downright angry about the state of political leadership in this country. Here's my list of ten things I want from the people who want me to follow them - a... Continue Reading →

This Government

Politics is absolutely not my thing.  People are my thing. I love them.  And the fact that I love them means I cannot stay silent about the catastrophic harm being done to this country by this government. Look at the state of policing In September 2018, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report suggesting... Continue Reading →

Naming Names

Earlier this week, using a set of very carefully chosen words, Theresa May appeared to suggest that there was no connection between falling police numbers and rising violent crime. She was wrong.  Of course the rise in violence is not only about police numbers (there are a hugely complex combination of factors in play), but... Continue Reading →

Knife Crime – A Five Point Plan

My phone has been ringing consistently in the last 24 hours - a succession of calls from journalists wanting to talk about Knife Crime, or to arrange radio and TV interviews to talk about Knife Crime. Prior commitments have meant that I've had to turn almost all of those requests down, but this is what... Continue Reading →

A 10 Point Plan for Policing

I’m sitting on a train bound for Cardiff where, later today, I will have the privilege of spending a bit of time in the company officers and staff from South Wales Police. I’ll be talking to them about the day I fell seriously ill and the reasons why I think it happened. I’ll be telling... Continue Reading →

On Mopeds

A couple of days ago, the Met Police released a brief series of film clips that showed officers targeting moped criminals. In several instances, suspects were seen being deliberately knocked off their bikes by the police vehicles that were pursuing them. Predictably, the footage went viral. In the accompanying press release, the police had this... Continue Reading →

Damage Done

Another week. Another round of depressing headlines about Chief Constables stating that their Forces no longer have the resources they need to do all that is being asked and expected of them. Another round of deeply disturbing headlines about police officers being attacked in the street. The accompanying film footage is too much for me... Continue Reading →

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