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 →


Criminal Neglect

Policing in England & Wales is at breaking point.  Fewer officers with fewer resources are being asked to do a job that is more difficult, more demanding and - frequently - more dangerous than it has been at any previous point in my lifetime. And the responsibility for that reality rests squarely with the government... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →


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 →


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 →

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