The inequality of diversity

My mother, like most others, is the best. I don’t tell her often enough, but she gave me a moral compass and pointed out which way the road to life was. Ask her about diversity, and she probably doesn’t have a clue about the academia or science that sits behind it – but she knows,…

HIV – let’s open our eyes

When I was spat on, through the wicket, from the back of the cell (great shot, pretty annoyed me though!), it was vile, I was disgusted, and the whole custody system ground to a halt whilst I got cleaned up and changed. That meant arrivals remaining in cuffs; detainees for release being delayed; and it…

Why wait 30 years to speak your mind?

It always seems to be the case that the more forthright or brazen comments by senior leaders, are timed with imminent departure or retirement; the irony being that those comments tend to echo what has been moaned about in canteens up and down the country over the last few years. I’m talking about morale. When…

Why Diane Abbott is wrong about spit hoods

Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott MP, courted controversy on 9th February when she tweeted “No evidence that spit hoods are necessary or useful”. Careless phrasing, or a shocking viewpoint? Well, frankly, both. Aspiring for Government, Ms Abbott should recognise the important role that police officers do under challenging circumstances, often amongst the most complex of…

The narrative needs to change

It was a big step when I decided to blog. The police service is renowned for quietly getting on with change. Of course, the public believes we are stuck in the dark ages and resistant to change, because that’s what they read in the papers. The public believes policing is a gold-plated career – a…