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Criminal Neglect

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 25th October 2018 at 15:12 - Posted in Police Blogs

Policing in England & Wales is at breaking point.  Fewer officers with fewer resources are being asked to do a job that it 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 of the day.  On October 25th, a report published by the Home Affairs Select Committee suggested that Forces are “struggling to cope” with current levels of demand...
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Without a Vision

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 11th September 2018 at 13:26 - Posted in Police Blogs

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. First there is the National Audit Office report into police funding. Amongst a series of damning conclusions, you can read the following: ‘The Home Office has no overarching strategy...
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Rising Crime

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 20th July 2018 at 14:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 & Wales. Whilst it is impossible to set out detailed cause and effect (crime is affected by a thousand different things), to deny the connection would be to abandon both...
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Remembering

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 16th July 2018 at 11:28 - Posted in Police Blogs

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, I never seriously considered doing anything else. I remember being driven through the gates at Hendon for the first time, all nerves and expectation. Sergeant Parkes was at the wheel of the minibus, with half a...
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Against Hope, Believing in Hope

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 11th July 2018 at 22:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 for the first time in twenty-eight years. In Thailand, against seemingly impossible odds, the Wild Boars football team were rescued from an underground cave system where they had been trapped by rising flood waters. The...
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Tense

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 21st June 2018 at 21:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 the introduction of Accredited Practitioners New submissions to the Pay Review Body And then there are the ever-new challenges of technology,...
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The Violence Disease

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 07th May 2018 at 10:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 at the scene of his killing. His name was Kodjo Yenga and, though I had never had the privilege of meeting him, I will never forget him. I stood at a respectful distance and watched, as crowds began to gather at...
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A Message for the new Home Secretary

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 30th April 2018 at 11:46 - Posted in Police Blogs

Dear Home Secretary, I suspect that this is a heck of a time to be taking on what must be a heck of a job. But if one lesson has stood out in recent days, it’s a reminder of that most basic truth: people always matter more than numbers.  Infinitely more. And, as you start in your new role, I wanted to make a handful of observations about the people who are policing. An Extraordinary Job Policing is an extraordinary job.  People call it ‘a job like no other’. Police Officers call it simply...
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We Need to Talk about Policing

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 17th April 2018 at 17:32 - Posted in Police Blogs

When I was still at school, I decided that I wanted to be a police officer. I couldn’t tell you why exactly, but it had something to do with the adventure of it all. That, and the fact it seemed to be a line of work that mattered. Ask most Coppers why they joined and they will tell you, simply, that they wanted to make a difference. It was a heart thing for me. It still is. Because, when you strip away all the noise and the nonsense, it remains about as remarkable – and important –...
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Stuff I Got Wrong

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 22nd March 2018 at 14:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Retirement takes a bit of getting used to. But it certainly allows some time and space to think. Precious time. Time that can otherwise be hard to find in a world that is moving far faster than is good for any of us. And so I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about some of the things I got wrong over the course of my policing career. The sorts of things we’re not always very good at talking about. Here are a handful of them – some from when I started out and some that are much more recent. I....
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