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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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A Retirement Speech

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 28th February 2018 at 8:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

This speech comes a little earlier than planned. But life happened – and today is my last as a serving police officer. I wanted to write a handful of parting words to four particular groups of people: the public we serve, the press who observe, the politicians who govern and the police officers & staff who I have worked alongside for more than twenty-five years. I.     The Public Sir Robert Peel had it right from the very beginning: you are us and we are you. You are the reason why we do...
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Silver Linings

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 30th January 2018 at 15:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Over the years, I fell hopelessly in love with the Job. And with the men and women who do it. Like most of my generation, I fully intended to see out each one...
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Stories & Statistics

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 25th January 2018 at 18:11 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 the ONS, recorded crime in England & Wales rose by 14% in the year to September 2017. The following headlines were amongst the most concerning: ·       Violent Crime – up...
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Looking After the Thin Blue Line

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 16th January 2018 at 9:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

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 thing. A very good thing. But it must never become just another management soundbite – another thing to measure and another box to tick This is about people – and it simply doesn’t...
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