The New Commissioner’s In Tray

This week sees the final interviews for the job of Met Commissioner. There are some truly outstanding people in the running. And what awaits the successful candidate? Simply, the honour and responsibility of leading the finest police service in the world. The Met has its faults and failings of course – some of them grave... Continue Reading →

Taking its Toll

It seems to me that we, as a society, owe a remarkable debt to police officers and their civilian colleagues. Pause for a moment to think about what we ask of the men and women in blue - what we expect of them. Amongst the humdrum and the routine, we expect them to go where... Continue Reading →

Heroes of our Time

On Tuesday 24th January 2017, whilst scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across the stories of three very remarkable men. Stories of quite astonishing courage. But, aside from a passing mention in a couple of newspapers they seem, largely, to have been overlooked by the mainstream media – and that doesn’t seem right to... Continue Reading →

Addicted to Violence

Violence. Society is addicted to it. In homes. On streets. Outside pubs and clubs on a Friday night. After the football. On TV. In the cinema. On games consoles. On the web. In fact and in fiction. We pursue it. We portray it. We glamourise it. We normalise it. We show it in slow motion... Continue Reading →

Policing Challenges in 2017

So here we are then, at the beginning of 2017. And the multitude of challenges facing the police service in Britain are, it seems to me, greater than at any point since the end of the Second World War. I.    Operational There are the crime challenges: Terrorism Serious Violence - including Homicide, Domestic Abuse... Continue Reading →

A Copper’s Christmas

Allow me if you will to present a retelling of the traditional Christmas story, using detail drawn from a little known historical source - the archives of the Bethlehem Police Department. One document in particular, the BPD Daily Crime Bulletin, offers a fascinating insight into the work of a hitherto unheralded group of women and... Continue Reading →

Misconduct & Mistakes

It occurs to me that, from time to time, police officers make mistakes. It also occurs to me that we live in a world that is increasingly unforgiving of them when they do. There are, of course, any number of reasons why police officers might get it wrong: (1) Because they are human Though my... Continue Reading →

What Coppers Want

On Tuesday 22nd November 2016, a Met police officer was stabbed three times in the stomach. He was one of four London-based officers injured in separate incidents on the same day. One PC had their hand broken, one was attacked with a hypodermic needle and another was punched in the face. They were just doing... Continue Reading →

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