December. A month when people seem to write lists.
So here’s one of mine:
Ten Coppering Reflections on the year gone by.
(1) Policing under Strain
I’ve said it before and it bears repeating… These are the most challenging times for policing in this country since the end of the Second World War.
Growing demand. Growing complexity. Rising crime. Falling officer numbers. Growing pressure. Growing scrutiny. The complex consequences of austerity.
And more to come.
There is a difference between a saving and a cut – and I know many more good police officers working under significantly more strain than at any previous point in my career.
And still they keep on saving lives and seeking the lost; still they keep on comforting the broken and protecting the vulnerable; still they keep on confronting the dangerous and, just sometimes, risking it all.
I remain more proud than I can possibly say to count myself amongst them.
I work with heroes.
(2) The Shadows of Terror
Westminster Bridge. London Bridge. Borough Market. Finsbury Park. The...
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