Monday, 31 December 2012

New Chapter

Here's to the last day of 2012.....

It was a great year for Bradley Wiggins, a great year for the Olympics......but not the best for me....for a host of reasons that I won't go into here.

The upshot is that I am looking forward to 2013. Next month I begin the Strategic Command Course ( SCC ), mainly  at the Police Staff College, Bramshill. The course runs until late March, 2013 and has three modules which focus on Business, Executive and Professional Skills. There is a brief stint also at the Scottish Police College. There will be around 40 other people on the course, mainly from UK police forces but also from France, British Virgin Islands ( to be my best friend! ), Gibralter and Jersey. We had a brief introduction prior to Christmas and my first impression was of a great bunch of people with a real variety of policing backgrounds. So, I am really looking forward to the SCC.

I thought it might be worthwhile using the blog to raise some of the topical policing issues that arise along the way.

I have tried to say in previous posts, that in my view, technology and e communications have a big part to play in the future of policing whether that is through twitter, blogs, web chats or apps for mobiles etc.

I am not a 'technology' type of person but I do believe a great deal in openness and transparency in policing. In my opinion, technology like the use of this blog, is a means of promoting those values.

Thanks for looking at the blog and I hope your 2013 is better than my 2012!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Improving e-communications

I'm currently turning attention to how we can improve our contact with people within communities by using e communications - that's using new technologies like twitter, blogs, facebook, community messaging etc. We know that many people have no interest in this type of technology but we also recognise that many prefer to communicate in this type of way.

So, I'll spending less time on this personal blog and more effort into improving how all of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams across Cumbria make better use of digital technology to 'speak' with the public.

I know that some people think the police and other public bodies should not be involved in this type of thing. But as far as policing is concerned, we police with the consent of the public and to do that, we are duty bound to be open and proactive in how we communicate.

Digital technology presents a real opportunity to improve community engagement, complimenting conventional police work and thereby build confidence with the public.

Thursday, 12 January 2012


I've just entered the Keswick to Barrow run. I was hand picked for the team from South Cumbria Police - honestly! I'm either brave or bonkers - probably the latter...

It's worth having a look - people tell me it's a fantastic event.

Good Police work in Barrow

Some details of really good police work in Barrow can be found on this link:

Thursday, 5 January 2012

What's all this about.....?

Just another reminder about the purpose of this blog. It's all about being transparent and another opportunity to speak to people about policing. If you have a view about policing or want to respond to any of my views, please feel free to post a comment. Also, if you are a serving police officer or member of police staff and you want to comment, please do so.

Using this type of media does not replace anything done previously. It's free and takes very little time.

Best regards.