Category Archives: Perspectives


Independent investigation refers Lancashire PCC to prosecutors

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have today announced the results of their investigation into concerns I raised last year about expenses claims submitted by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw in his former roles as a member of Lancashire … Continue reading

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A bit of politics

Congratulations are due today to Bob Jones, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, for outsmarting the Home Secretary on the politics of PCCs. Mr Jones, or some clever member of staff, has spotted that, while the Government went to … Continue reading

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Policing: The Only Way is Ethics

Today, you can find my comments on allegations that undercover police officers stole the identities of dead children here at MSN UK News #SocialVoices.

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The removal of local justice

Julie Iles ran as Conservative Candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner after years of service as a local magistrate. An unexpected consequence of standing for election as the Police and Crime Commissioner in Surrey has been my resignation as … Continue reading

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Senior judge makes ‘land grab’

Some of you may remember the summertime saga of how the country’s Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Goldring, attempted to ban magistrates from standing as Police and Crime Commissioners or doing anything that might be dodgy for being excessively political, … Continue reading

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And so it begins.

Oh dear, did I blow the whistle on local politicians' expenses? I'm ever so sorry. To be fair, I kind of knew that saying “Hang on, I think you should have a look at this” was the equivalent of painting … Continue reading

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Look who’s (still) here.

If a stereotypical police officer from central casting were to ask me “What were you doing on the morning of Wednesday 21st March 2012?” I would be able to give them a surprisingly full answer for something nearly 9 months … Continue reading

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How quick the memory fades.

Last week's joint effort on Deputy PCC appointments between TopOfTheCops and the Mail on Sunday seems to have struck a chord, being followed by a number of articles such as those in the Guardian and the Times and an item … Continue reading

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Is it because I is white?

Do you fancy a job dealing with policing and crime that has a fancy title, pays reasonably well, is available close to home, is flexible, possibly to the point of being part-time, and which allows you to be political but … Continue reading

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PCC Party Failures #2 – the Labour Party

The PCC election was a massive missed opportunity for the Labour party, but it was also so much more. To appreciate that, have a look at Wales. North Wales and Gwent have gone to Independents. Dyfed-Powys has gone to the … Continue reading

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