A Handful of Thoughts about Policing


Where to begin

There are times as a Met Officer when I just want to bury my head in my hands.

Stephen Lawrence. Plebgate. G20.

Even Hillsborough – in another time and another place – becomes an inescapable reality for the Met.

The sins of the past and the sins of the present. Conspiring. And, in truth, there can be no escaping the fact that we have, to a very significant extent, brought it on ourselves.

There are occasions when police officers – of all ranks – do things that are so jaw-droppingly stupid I am left almost completely lost for words.

And some of us can be rude; some of us self-important; some of us unthinking or unfeeling; some of us unprofessional in any number of ways. And then there are those who are just plain criminal – who have no place among us and who shame us all.

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