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Naming Names

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 06th March 2019 at 10:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Earlier this week, using a set of very carefully chosen words, Theresa May appeared to suggest that there was no connection between falling police numbers and rising violent crime. She was wrong.  Of course the rise in violence is not only about police numbers (there are a hugely complex combination of factors in play), but implying that there is no connection at all between those two things defies both common sense and the professional experience of thousands of police officers, my own included.  And...
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Knife Crime – A Five Point Plan

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 04th March 2019 at 15:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

My phone has been ringing consistently in the last 24 hours – a succession of calls from journalists wanting to talk about Knife Crime, or to arrange radio and TV interviews to talk about Knife Crime. Prior commitments have meant that I’ve had to turn almost all of those requests down, but this is what I would have said given the chance: (1) A Long Term Plan We need a long term plan for dealing with knife crime – at least ten years, preferably twenty. We need to understand that,...
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A 10 Point Plan for Policing

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 13th February 2019 at 11:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m sitting on a train bound for Cardiff where, later today, I will have the privilege of spending a bit of time in the company officers and staff from South Wales Police. I’ll be talking to them about the day I fell seriously ill and the reasons why I think it happened. I’ll be telling them about the long, long road to recovery. I love policing with all my heart and soul – I always have and I always will. It’s a heck of a job though – placing the kinds of demands on people (body,...
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On Mopeds

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 25th November 2018 at 16:30 - Posted in Police Blogs

A couple of days ago, the Met Police released a brief series of film clips that showed officers targeting moped criminals. In several instances, suspects were seen being deliberately knocked off their bikes by the police vehicles that were pursuing them. Predictably, the footage went viral. In the accompanying press release, the police had this to say: “It is hoped that by demonstrating the full range of tactics that officers are prepared to use against moped and motorcycle criminals, potential...
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Damage Done

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 20th November 2018 at 10:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 to watch. I have never known times remotely like these – and it set me thinking about all that has disappeared from policing in the last eight years.  The list...
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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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