Category Archives: Guest Blog

‘We Are Not Robots; We Too Are Human’ | Remembrance Day Quickly Descends Into Tragedy | Guest Blog

This moving account has been written by a police officer who was due to police the Remembrance Sunday commemorations which took place last Sunday.  However, the day did not go as planned In this guest blog, Sergeant Non Edwards of the Caernarfon Policing Team recounts her Remembrance Sunday shift.  A day that will impact on the lives of everyone involved

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‘Grenfell Tower; Systematic Failure’ | Written By A Fire Officer Who Was There

Steve Dudeney, a former London Fire Brigade Borough Commander who was on scene at the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, has spoken of his experiences of that fateful night on the eve of the publication of a report that has criticised the actions of the London Fire Brigade.  The former senior officer – who has since retired from the Brigade -speaks

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DCI Noel McHugh Shares The Story Of The Investigation That Lead To The Capture Of Josh Hanson’s Killer | Guest Blog

DCI Noel McHugh shares the story of the investigation:  ‘As a detective every so often you encounter a criminal who feels ‘just beyond your grasp’ and for three-and-half years O’Brien was mine. It has been heart-breaking and overwhelming and all-consuming for myself and my team over the last almost four years. It has taken its toll and I say this

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High Court Finds That The IOPC Has Been Applying The ‘Wrong Test’ When Assessing Reasonable Force | Guest Blog

This Guest Blog has been written by Father Andrew Birks (Twitter: @AGBirks) who was one of four Metropolitan Police Officers subjected to an IPCC/IOPC investigation that lasted nearly 11 years. At the conclusion of the investigation, Andrew and his former Met colleagues were cleared of any wrongdoing.  Father Birks now campaigns for the fairer treatment of Police Officers who are

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Facts And Figures – Why Numbers Really Matter | John Apter

‘When Boris Johnson became Prime Minister he stood on the steps of Number 10 and made a promise to police officers. He promised to recruit 20,000 more, reinvigorating the number to almost what it was before his predecessors’ austerity policies took their terrible toll on the service. It was a well-judged move, a popular choice and some might say a

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‘But Clearly, Somewhere Along The Way, I Missed The Signs’ | Anon Paramedic

I collapse to the ground and lean back against the trig-point atop the small hill of Brunt Knott. My body is awash with sweat from the short walk up. Working in London has certainly taken its toll on my fitness. Sitting back, I take in the majestic views of the Kentmere valley and the surrounding Lake District. The sun beats

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“This Isn’t About Race Or Religion. This Is About The Fifty People Who Have Died” | New Zealand Cop

It started like any other day in the office. A mountain of paperwork was in front of me, and I needed to sort some shifts out. I called our rostering team and was met with a rather quick response, “Sorry we can’t deal with this, we are trying to find the staff to go to Christchurch. Can you go?” It

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‘Home Office Reply Lacks Focus On The Petition’ | Former PC Who Endured 10.5 Year IOPC Investigation

The following blog has been written by Father Andrew Birks who was one of the four former Metropolitan Police Officers who were completely exonerated after an investigation that lasted nearly 11 years. Father Birks published a petition to get the current complaints process completely overhauled following his own experiences of the decade-long investigation into both himself and his colleagues. The

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‘Some Unarmed Officers Are Happy To Help Us Out And Take Over From Us. Some Not So Much’ | ARV Blog

Our new ‘Must Read’ section is dedicated to sharing the words of some of the top bloggers from within the emergency services, NHS and armed forces – both past and present.  The blogs are hand-picked by our team but do not necessarily represent the views of Emergency Services News. Instead, they reflect the experiences of individuals who have first-hand experience of what

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‘If You Had A Broken Leg You’d Go Get It Sorted So Why Not Your Head? | Guest Blog

“Largely Facebook is full of c**p but I do find it cathartic at times so I am going to share a story with you lovely listeners seeing as it is mental health awareness week. In 1995 I joined The Police or as some would call them, the pigs, the filth or the po po.. I was sick to death of

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