Category Archives: Guest Blog

“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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‘The Knock No-One Wants’ | A Day In The Life Of A Family Liaison Officer

The following is a personal account written by PC Sam Sparkes from Bedfordshire Police. PC Sparkes has been a police officer for 20 years. She has spent 10 years as a traffic officer, of which eight years have also been spent as a family liaison officer. She is also the family liaison officer coordinator for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire

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‘The System Of Police Complaints Is, Quite Simply, Broken & Broken Beyond Repair’ | Guest Blog |Former Met PC

This guest blog has been written by Father Andrew Birks, a former Met PC who, along with several other Met PCs, was recently exonerated after an investigation that lasted nearly 11 years following a death in police custody. These are Father Birks own words and opinions based on his own experiences: ‘The system of Police complaints is, quite simply broken,

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An Insight Into Why So Many Detectives Are Leaving The Police

The ‘blog’ below was sent into our team anonymously. It gives an insight into why so many experienced police officers are leaving a job that they once loved. It seems that some forces around the country have implemented shift patterns which mean that officers are spending less and less time with their family and friends. When you are in a

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