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Condition Orange 

11 Jan

On Monday in the House of Commons, questions to the Home Office occupied some of the afternoon.


After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative 

8 Jan

This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.


Much Less Blogging 

4 Jan

You guys seemed to use the BLOG a lot last year, way more than any other single year since I started in 2011 and that was really encouraging on one level.


AND / OR 

3 Jan

Compare and contrast the following two pieces of law – Section 136(2) says someone removed to a Place of Safety may be taken there to be examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an Approved Mental Health Professional...


OBE 

26 Dec

I wrote this post in June 2016 and simply forgot to publish it.


I’m a Mental Health Professional 

26 Dec

I’m a mental health professional – but I didn’t realise this when I first joined the police.


Why the West Midlands is the place to be 

22 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here.


Place of Safety Stuff 

19 Dec

We’ve been playing with the newly amended police powers under the Mental Health Act for over a week now – I say ‘playing’ because it seems there are various kinds of games going on from the early feedback I’ve ...


The Same But Different 

14 Dec

Norman Lamb MP wrote to his local police force recently, asking about those kinds of cases I’ve been banging on for years now: people being held in custody for hours and hours, if not days and days, following their arrest for an alleged...


PaCA – The Integrity Test 

5 Dec

It’s getting really close now, isn’t it?! – just six days until the amendments to the Mental Health Act kick in and my phone is ringing red-hot with questions and queries about various scenarios that are occurring to people...


PaCA – Brace For Impact 

2 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Fine work across the force 

1 Dec

There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.


PaCA – Summary Videos 

1 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


PaCA – What is a Place of Safety? 

25 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Seni’s Law 

16 Nov

Earlier this month, Steve Reed MP, introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Commons which is being informally referred to as Seni’s Law – the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017.


PaCA – The ‘What If’ Questions 

13 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Making the right decisions, however tough 

9 Nov

It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.


Inspector to Inspector 

6 Nov

I’ve been a police inspector for most of my service – about fifteen of my twenty years so far.


Timing Is Everything 

4 Nov

In 2016, the Welsh Assembly Government published a new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983.


Half Hour Checks  

2 Nov

Well, it’s all now official: the Mental Health Act 1983 will be amended by the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 with effect from midnight on 11th December 2017.


PaCA – The Statutory Regulations 

31 Oct

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


The Angiolini Review 

30 Oct

Theresa May, as Home Secretary, commissioned an independent review in 2015 on deaths following police custody or contact and appointed Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate of Scotland, to lead it.


Oddly Enough … 

27 Oct

Oddly enough … trying to wade your way through some of the most sensitive issues in all of public policy isn’t straight-forward.


Land of Confusion 

26 Oct

This week, two piles of data were published which touch on my area of interest: firstly, NHS Digital published their newly formatted data on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983 – new format will save £350,000 in statistics related costs, ...


Mental Health v Criminal Justice 

23 Oct

It’s all too often a contest, of sorts – or perhaps a stand-off?! … two massive paradigms of state intervention, constituted and resourced for a certain set of separate public purposes, governed by separate laws that were (substantively...


Be Kind, Be Patient 

22 Oct

You may have seen that internet meme bouncing around on social media, above? This post is essentially about how this advice may be more important than things we spend much longer talking and worrying about.


Still Too Many Questions 

12 Oct

I wrote last week about three separate process which had concluded after adverse events involving the police and their response to mental health calls.


PaCA – Place of Safety Options 

9 Oct

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


A Difficult and Complex Week 

8 Oct

There will be a number of families and a number of police officers across the UK who have had a very difficult weekend of reflection – this has been a complicated and busy week in policing and mental health.


Mental Health Act Review 

7 Oct

We learned this week of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s appointment by the Prime Minister to review the Mental Health Act 1983 and since then, he has spoken to my boss, Chief Constable Mark Collins, to ensure the police contribute to the debate...


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Police blogs »

Condition Orange 

11 Jan

On Monday in the House of Commons, questions to the Home Office occupied some of the afternoon.


After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative 

8 Jan

This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.


Much Less Blogging 

4 Jan

You guys seemed to use the BLOG a lot last year, way more than any other single year since I started in 2011 and that was really encouraging on one level.


AND / OR 

3 Jan

Compare and contrast the following two pieces of law – Section 136(2) says someone removed to a Place of Safety may be taken there to be examined by a registered medical practitioner and interviewed by an Approved Mental Health Professional...


OBE 

26 Dec

I wrote this post in June 2016 and simply forgot to publish it.


I’m a Mental Health Professional 

26 Dec

I’m a mental health professional – but I didn’t realise this when I first joined the police.


Why the West Midlands is the place to be 

22 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here.


Place of Safety Stuff 

19 Dec

We’ve been playing with the newly amended police powers under the Mental Health Act for over a week now – I say ‘playing’ because it seems there are various kinds of games going on from the early feedback I’ve ...


The Same But Different 

14 Dec

Norman Lamb MP wrote to his local police force recently, asking about those kinds of cases I’ve been banging on for years now: people being held in custody for hours and hours, if not days and days, following their arrest for an alleged...


PaCA – The Integrity Test 

5 Dec

It’s getting really close now, isn’t it?! – just six days until the amendments to the Mental Health Act kick in and my phone is ringing red-hot with questions and queries about various scenarios that are occurring to people...


PaCA – Brace For Impact 

2 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Fine work across the force 

1 Dec

There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.


PaCA – Summary Videos 

1 Dec

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


PaCA – What is a Place of Safety? 

25 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Seni’s Law 

16 Nov

Earlier this month, Steve Reed MP, introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Commons which is being informally referred to as Seni’s Law – the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017.


PaCA – The ‘What If’ Questions 

13 Nov

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Making the right decisions, however tough 

9 Nov

It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.


Inspector to Inspector 

6 Nov

I’ve been a police inspector for most of my service – about fifteen of my twenty years so far.


Timing Is Everything 

4 Nov

In 2016, the Welsh Assembly Government published a new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983.


Half Hour Checks  

2 Nov

Well, it’s all now official: the Mental Health Act 1983 will be amended by the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 with effect from midnight on 11th December 2017.


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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.


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WM Air Ambulance »

Air ambulance drama as teen injured in Tamworth assault 

12 Jan

Emergency crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were at the scene...


Why the air ambulance landed in Tamworth 

4 Jan

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent paramedics to Manor Road...


Elderly man injured following a collision in Kings Heath on Boxing Day. 

27 Dec

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were dispatched to Vicarage Road, at around 1:30PM on Boxing Day, to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a car near Abbots Road.


Serious collision closes the M42 close to Tamworth 

23 Dec

A SERIOUS collision has led to the M42 being closed in both directions between junctions 11 for Appleby Magna and 10 for Tamworth.


Multiple fatalities after crash in Birmingham 

17 Dec

SIX people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).


Birmingham city centre crash: Incident in Lee Bank Middleway leaves six dead and one critical 

17 Dec

The crash happened shortly after 1.00am, with five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a Hazardous Area Response Team, trauma doctor and air ambulance critical car scrambled...


Two buses collide and car hits tree in Sutton Coldfield horror crash 

15 Dec

Two people suffer injuries and air ambulance helicopter called to scene...


Air ambulance deployed as underage motorcyclist comes off bike in Perry Barr 

20 Nov

Emergency services were called to the College Road-Kingstanding Road junction opposite Halfords...


Child fortunately escapes serious injury in Harborne RTC 

17 Nov

A 12 year old school boy has been extremely lucky to avoid serious injury after a collision with a 4×4.


Air ambulance called to aircraft crash 

16 Nov

Emergency services were called to the airport in Bobbington, between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton, this morning...


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