Silver Linings

The best laid plans and all that.  Earlier today, I was given a date for Medical Retirement from the Metropolitan Police. My last day as a serving officer will be Wednesday 28th February 2018.  That wasn’t how it was supposed to be.  I joined the Met in September 1992 – a clueless 22 year old... Continue Reading →


Stories & Statistics

I opened my emails this morning to find a message about another colleague breaking under the strain. Now off sick with depression and stress. Stories like that seem much more frequent these days. And it troubles me. Then to the day’s news reports and the publication of the latest set of crime figures. According to... Continue Reading →

Looking After the Thin Blue Line

There seems to be lots of talk in policing at the moment about something called ‘wellbeing’. I’m no expert, but these are my ten thoughts on the subject. (1) It’s People, Stupid The fact that more of us are talking about the physical, emotional and psychological health of police officers and staff is a good... Continue Reading →

Dear Daily Mail

This is a short note to the people who work at the Daily Mail. A couple of personal facts by way of introduction: For more than twenty-five years, I have served as an officer with the Metropolitan Police. And I am incredibly proud of that fact. It has been – and it remains – my... Continue Reading →

A Copper’s Year (2017)

December. A month when people seem to write lists. So here’s one of mine: Ten Coppering Reflections on the year gone by. (1) Policing under Strain I’ve said it before and it bears repeating… These are the most challenging times for policing in this country since the end of the Second World War. Growing demand.... Continue Reading →

Stories for the Ages

Stories matter. And yesterday, at London’s Guildhall, some extraordinary tales were told. The great old venue played host to a unique and very special gathering of police officers, emergency services colleagues and members of the public. Welcomed jointly by the Met, BTP and the City of London Police, they came to honour those who responded... Continue Reading →

Horrible Bosses

In any walk of life, it seems to me that there is a bit of a difference between bad management and good leadership. All the difference in the world in fact. So here’s a (by no means exhaustive) list of the sorts of things that might just be evident wherever bad management is to be... Continue Reading →

Back in the Real World

In the world inhabited solely by those in possession of armchairs and agendas, it would appear that everything ought to be a priority for the police. But, in the real world inhabited by police officers and staff, things are a little less straightforward. In that other world, the police should be doing more of this... Continue Reading →


Where on earth to begin? I’m not going to waste your time with some clumsy attempt to set out my feminist credentials but – in a world of pussy-grabbing presidents and molesting movie moguls – I do want to put on record the fact that I’m troubled by the way in which we (men, mostly)... Continue Reading →

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