Category Archives: Guest Blog

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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‘Five Years Ago The MPS Suspended Me From The Service And Withdrew My Resignation’ | Guest Blog | Father Andrew Birks

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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‘He Stated That I Had Saved His Life – For The Rest Of My Shift That Stuck With Me’ | 999 Call Handler | Guest Blog

This short article was sent into us by someone who works in an ambulance Emergency Operations Centre. The following gives an insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ actions which are put into place when somebody calls 999 if, for example, they are experiencing a mental health related crises.  “I currently work in the ________ Call centre, we regularly get calls

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‘There Is More Outrage About M&S Sweets Than There Is About This…’ | Former Police Sergeant

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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