Legal aid for the police

This blog was originally published in May 2012 The press this week has been full of comment on impending plans to alter the Legal Aid frame work.  Barristers have raised their concerns ( and there have been on line e-petitions (  Legal aid is considered by many to be a figment of modern criminal justice,Continue reading “Legal aid for the police”

The Dismounted Horse Patrol

This blog was originally published in February 2013 For all sorts of reasons horses and especially police horses have been in the news recently.  Sadly, the news in both respects has not been good.  We are either eating horse meat thinking that it is beef or we are seeing the demise of mounted police patrolContinue reading “The Dismounted Horse Patrol”

Spies and policing – A short history

During the last few days the media has published details of police officers acting as ‘spies’ working undercover in the Special Demonstration Squad and infiltrating a variety of ’subversive’ groups.  Whilst this may not be news in itself, the fact that officers allegedly assumed the identities of dead children is.  The news was reported inContinue reading “Spies and policing – A short history”

Leadership at Critical Incidents: A precis

This blog was originally published in February 2012 Last week I arranged a seminar for the Liverpool Hope University research centre – CREST (  The subject was Police Leadership in Critical Situations and the guest speakers were Deputy Chief Constable Jerry Graham (Cumbria Police) and Chief Constable Michael Barton (Durham Police). The idea came fromContinue reading “Leadership at Critical Incidents: A precis”

A superintendent defined

This blog was originally posted in January 2013 Are you or were you a superintendent of police?  If so, do you know that the role of superintendent benefitted from a Job Description as early as the 1800s?  Read on and see whether you match the description given in T.A. Critchley’s wonderful book “A history ofContinue reading “A superintendent defined”

Police Service/Government tension – it is nothing new

This blog was originally posted in December 2012 The media has played a high profile role in reporting the various aspects of Plebgate and on Sunday 23rd December 2012 I listened to the BBC Radio Five Live programme called Double Take.  The section on the relationship between police and politicians was very interesting and wasContinue reading “Police Service/Government tension – it is nothing new”

The genie is out of the bottle…

This blog was originally posted in December 2012 A few days ago I posted a blog relating to gun control in USA.  As a result a good friend of mine sent me his thoughts.  Hi thoughts were so interesting that I asked his permission to reproduce them here.  He was happy for this to beContinue reading “The genie is out of the bottle…”

Out with the old and in with the new…which is also old

This blog was originally published in November 2012 Whilst browsing through Twitter this morning I saw this headline from Police Oracle ‘New ‘Professional’ Uniform To Be Trialled’ (   A new ‘professional’ uniform, this should be interesting.  The article refers to the fact that a neighbourhood team in Norfolk will be replacing the black polo shirtsContinue reading “Out with the old and in with the new…which is also old”

Four reasons for not arming UK police

This blog was originally posted in October 2010 The murder of Police Constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in Greater Manchester was a terribly tragic event.  Emotions always run high when a police officer is killed in the line of duty and often results in a call for the reinstallation of the death penalty orContinue reading “Four reasons for not arming UK police”