Believe in Blue

In March of this year – in the immediate, horrifying aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack – we discovered and expressed a renewed sense of appreciation for our police officers: for who they are and what they do. The following month, we lined the streets in our thousands as the funeral cortege of PC... Continue Reading →

Anger & Hope

Yesterday, I woke up feeling angry.   At the loss of innocent lives.    In tower blocks.    On bridges and in markets.    On the streets of our most troubled neighbourhoods.   At people getting richer - and damn the consequences.   As souls are sold and bucks are made.   And the poor get... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Trauma

I'm not really an expert in anything. I'm just a man with a story to tell... I’ve told some of that story in a book called ‘Blue’ – and the response from people who’ve been kind enough to read it has been extraordinary. I’m very, very grateful. The past few weeks in policing have been astonishingly... Continue Reading →

The Agency of First & Last Resort

“I won’t have the police service as the place where all of society’s ills are laid out and blamed on us.” (Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner, April 2017) The painful privilege of policing is to venture into the hurting places – and to encounter the lives being lived there: the damaged and the dangerous, the beaten... Continue Reading →

The Finest Coppers I Know

  Last week, PC Keith Palmer gave his life protecting this city that is my home. He was a husband. He was a dad. He was a police officer. And he was a thousand other things besides. I never had the privilege of knowing him – but I know what he was. ‘Hero’ barely even... Continue Reading →

Urgent Assistance

  “Urgent Assistance”. Two highly emotive words – instantly recognisable to police officers everywhere. It’s a distress call. It’s the distress call: the one radio transmission guaranteed to cut through the relentless background noise – to prompt any Copper within travelling distance (and some much further away) to drop whatever they’re doing and get to... Continue Reading →

Don’t Go Changing

So much of the current talk in policing is of change. Of the pressing need for reform. And, truth be told, there is a great deal in this job that needs sorting out. But, amongst all the conversations about things like modernisation and transformation, it seems to me that we’re in danger of missing something... Continue Reading →

Nine Things I’m Learning

  I have a birthday this week. Not an especially significant one but, nonetheless, a prompt to pause and think for just a moment or two.  About work. About life. About the things that really matter. Almost 47 years of life. Almost 25 years of policing. And there are some things I’ve been learning along... Continue Reading →

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