Category Archives: Opinion

The Mets Recent Borough Mergers Are Leaving The Police Overstretched. And Here’s Why:

Over the weekend, I had a catch-up with a former colleague of mine who is still serving on the front line of the Met Police. Over a coffee, he told me about the impact that the recent borough mergers is having on officers who serve on London’s response team. It made for a very sombre conversation… The Met used to

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PCSO Pens A Heartfelt Open Resignation Letter Citing Increased Pressure & Personal Safety Concerns For Leaving

A PCSO has written an open resignation letter that has captured the sentiment of many police officers and police staff who are leaving the force after serving for a number of years. In his letter (below), PCSO Hamer cites the ‘increase in pressure’ and ‘increased personal risk’ as being two of the reasons why he has decided to leave the

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Survey Reveals That Two In Three 999 Staff Say Their Employer Encourages Them To Talk About Mental Health

New research from the mental health charity Mind reveals that emergency services staff and volunteers are over twice as likely to say that their service encouraged them to talk about their mental health, compared to four years ago. The survey carried out by Mind, conducted to coincide with the release of a report marking the end of Mind’s Blue Light

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Why Are Some Politicians Getting It So Wrong? | Comment

Just for a bit context, I served in the Met Police (on-and-off) for 10 years and spent my entire time in on a 999 response team in east London. I was in disbelief yesterday when a saw an interview that Mrs May gave to Sky News, during which she said that there was ‘no direct correlation between certain crimes and

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Why The 2.7% Pay Rise For MPs Has Caused So Much Resentment

In light of the recent pay increase awarded to MPs, that will see their basic salary rise to just under £80,000 per annum, we received the following message from one of our followers. It summarises nicely just why so many people get so angry and annoyed when they see what many regard as blatant hypocrisy. Maybe people would perhaps not

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Man Jailed Following Assault On Police Officer

Pardeep Suman, 27, from Hayes was sentenced to twenty six weeks imprisonment after appearing at Uxbridge magistrate’s court on 19th December 2018 and being found guilty for possession of a pointed and bladed article and assault on a police officer. Suman was arrested on 14th August 2018 by Pc Beasley after he was spotted loitering on Southall Broadway at 0400

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Will The Army’s Latest ‘Snowflake’ Campaign Bring In More Recruits?

Being a proud former serviceman, I was keen to see what the Army would come up with as a replacement campaign to the bizarre adverts which were doing the rounds last year. I say bizarre, because in one of the TV ads, the lads had to ‘stop’ their patrol whilst another one of the troop knelt down and started to

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Police Fired Tasers At 13 And 77-year-old; SO WHAT?!

You can always rely upon some sections of the mainstream media to pass comment and judgement on situations which they have absolutely zero first hand experience of. For example, they have had much pleasure in sharing the fact that a 13-year-old was tasered by the Police in 2017. Funny that, as they also constantly report of kids of a similar

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Why Have The Military Been Asked By The Police To Find The Gatwick Drone(s)?

Not only is trying to find a single drone extremely hard, but trying to find the individual(s) who is/are flying the drone is even harder. Whenever someone decides to defy any notion of common sense and fly their drone near to a major airport, then it is often a commercial pilot who will first spot the device. Pilots are experts

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Why Are People Talking About How 999 Vehicles Park In ‘Spotted’ Groups?

Firstly, I would like to say ‘thanks’ to the person who sent this image/link into us, because our ‘community based’ reporting is an important part of how we share stories.  Secondly, I would like to ask if anyone knows why ‘spotted in’ groups/pages on social media are so obsessed with the manner in which emergency vehicles are parked?  For anyone

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