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Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

6 Jul

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

5 Jul

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

2 Jul

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


Exacerbating Tensions 

30 Jun

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


CarePlan: Call the Police! 

28 Jun

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

26 Jun

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


Let’s Do The Maths 

17 Jun

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


Capacity for What?! 

13 Jun

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


The Forensic Route 

10 Jun

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.


My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

8 Jun

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...


Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

6 Jun

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.


We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

4 Jun

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.


Attention to Detail 

3 Jun

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.


Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

1 Jun

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.


The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised 

31 May

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next.


Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on 

29 May

My first year in WMP has flown by.


Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police 

24 May

I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.


My Health and Yours 

20 May

My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business.


Interim Report: MHA Review 

7 May

Last week, Professor Sir Simon Wessely published his interim report after being asked in 2017 by the Prime Minister to look at the Mental Health Act 1983.


Reasons to be cheerful 

3 May

After the first month of this financial year there are lots of reasons to look forward this year! In January we entered what is my third year as chief.


Interim Report: MHA Review 

1 May

At 10am on 01st May, the interim report of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s review of the Mental Health ACt 1983, commissioned by the Prime Minister in late 2017, will be published.


AMHP Emergencies 

28 Apr

My esteemed blogging colleague the Masked AMHP has, in his latest post, addressed the question of whether AMHPs are an emergency service, rightly pointing out that a range of situations lead to demands that AMHPs suddenly jump in to action ...


Policing is Not The Problem Here 

23 Apr

Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem.


Game on 

13 Apr

As you have been watching the television in the last few days I hope your excitement has been building for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022! Last week I joined four of our staff, as part of a wider Birmingham and UK Government group...


Draft Mental Health Strategy 

8 Apr

This is an opportunity to comment upon a draft strategy for policing and mental health, which is being put together by Chief Constable Mark Collins, the National Police Chiefs Council lead on mental health.


Beds and Stuff 

6 Apr

It was being asked again last night, in the AMHP social media world as to whether Britain had run out of inpatient psychiatric beds.


The 136 in Custody Thing 

5 Apr

I said about eighteen months ago, that once the Mental Health Act was amended to unambiguously allow the use of s136 of the Act in any place that was not someone’s home, we’d see police officers considering its application in police...


135/6: Authorising Officers 

3 Apr

Short post mainly for those ranking officers who have statutory roles to play under the revised Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) provisions which focus on those rare occasions where custody is still used as a Place of Safety under the Act.


Making the Same Mistakes 

2 Apr

I woke up this morning to a tag on Twitter from Australia drawing my attention to questions being asked following an encounter between Victoria Police in Melbourne and a mentally vulnerable man referred to as ‘John’.


Changes to our estate and the latest HMIC report 

22 Mar

This week there have been two areas I would like to update you on.


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Police blogs »

Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

6 Jul

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

5 Jul

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

2 Jul

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


Exacerbating Tensions 

30 Jun

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


CarePlan: Call the Police! 

28 Jun

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

26 Jun

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


Let’s Do The Maths 

17 Jun

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


Capacity for What?! 

13 Jun

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


The Forensic Route 

10 Jun

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983.


My first year as an ACC but my core values have remained unchanged 

8 Jun

When I joined 27 years ago, I had no family link to policing but like so many people I have met along the way I was attracted to α career in policing as it looked exciting, there was variety and I wanted to make α positive difference to people...


Aim to be the best and to prepare for the worst 

6 Jun

I’m going to talk about two key aspects of my development plan for 2018-19 and I hope you will be able to see there is an operational focus to what I’m trying to achieve.


We will get the basics right and we will support the force in driving improvement 

4 Jun

2018/19 will be a significant year for Commercial Services.


Attention to Detail 

3 Jun

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System.


Although loads changes over time the heart of policing remains the same – making a difference 

1 Jun

My uncle was in the Isle of Man Police and about 25 years ago I spent some time with him that made me realise I wanted to join too.


The People Deal and Leadership Promise have not been forgotten or de-prioritised 

31 May

Reaching 15 months in my new role is a great opportunity to look back on what’s been achieved and what’s to come next.


Things are now settling down and there’s great work in Neighbourhood Policing to build on 

29 May

My first year in WMP has flown by.


Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police 

24 May

I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.


My Health and Yours 

20 May

My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business.


Interim Report: MHA Review 

7 May

Last week, Professor Sir Simon Wessely published his interim report after being asked in 2017 by the Prime Minister to look at the Mental Health Act 1983.


Reasons to be cheerful 

3 May

After the first month of this financial year there are lots of reasons to look forward this year! In January we entered what is my third year as chief.


More Police blogs




Police videos »

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.


Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect's house Dramatic footage of the moment police in the Black Country broke down the booby-trapped door of a suspected drug dealer.


WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.


Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation 

21 Apr

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation Are you one of the men in this footage? If so, you may have seen something which could help us with a Coventry rape investigation.


Heron Foods robbery appeal 

20 Apr

Heron Foods robbery appeal We're looking for a robber, in a distinctive jumper, who lay in wait for a shop assistant at a Weoley Castle food store on 5 March before emptying the shop's safe.


Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr

Black Country brolly robbers in action Footage showing a group of Black Country robbers who used umbrellas to mask their entrance into a Farmfoods shop in Tipton.


More Police videos


West Midlands Police - wanted


WM Air Ambulance »

Murder investigation underway after a woman was stabbed to death in Small Heath. 

12 Jul

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the force’s homicide team, has launched a murder investigation after a woman has died following a stabbing at a property in Small Heath this morning (12/07).


In pictures: Sun shines on 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 

8 Jul

Crowds flocked to Beacon Park as the sun shone on the 2018 Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park.


Cyclist seriously injured in West Heath collision 

3 Jul

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in West Heath this morning.


Man dies after ‘wall collapse’ in Rugby 

18 Jun

A man in his late 40s was taken to hospital by air ambulance where he later died, police say.


Pregnant stab victim Natalie Queiroz to take on Great Midlands Fun Run in flight suit to support charity which saved her life 

2 Jun

Natalie will be running the Sutton Coldfield event in a Midlands Air Ambulance flight suit to raise money for the charity which saved both her and her daughter's lives...


Police swoop on Coventry Road, Small Heath, after reports of stabbing 

22 May

Air ambulance landed in area after incident early on Tuesday evening...


Driver ‘lucky’ to be alive after crash 

22 May

Fire crews, an air ambulance along with police from Kinver and Wombourne attended the incident which involved one red car in Bridgnorth Road, Trescott...


Teenager stabbed to death outside McDonald’s: All we know so far 

17 May

Paramedics, including from the Midlands Air Ambulance, were dispatched to the scene but were unable to save the teenager...


How to Make the Most of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools 

14 May

Running England’s national air ambulance transfer service for children without any government funding is a costly feat – each life-saving transfer costs around £2,800, with two new helicopters planned for 2018.


Coach driver airlifted after three-vehicle collision on A38 

16 Mar

TWO people have been taken to hospital, one of them by air ambulance, following a collision involving a lorry, a coach and a car this morning (Friday).


More WM Air Ambulance