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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.


Live-Tweeting 

19 Mar

All of us who use Twitter are probably guilty on occasion of wanting to shout up about a job to highlight something we see as important – a success story where someone was helped, a criminal caught, officers who’ve acted bravely...


Pre-Identifying 135 “Beds” 

7 Mar

A little lack of knowledge can be a dangerous thing – A couple of years ago, I learned of a perculiar incident in a police force area that would have made a great blog to emphasise a point, but it was so specific, I withheld from doing...


A tough time for dedicated colleagues 

1 Mar

There are no jobs quite as sad as those involving children.


Somewhere, Out There 

26 Feb

Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is a leader – we know this, because people follow him and listen keenly to what he has to say.


Twenty Years and Counting 

19 Feb

I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.


Liable To Be Detained 

8 Feb

An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.


Efficiency – The digital revolution 

4 Feb

We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base.


Helping Those in Need 

2 Feb

We can be a highly effective force at preventing crime and protecting the public but we will fail if we are not seen as providing good caring service or being fair to those we protect.


Protecting the Public – Building on success, becoming games ready 

1 Feb

Protecting the public ranges from terrorism and organised crime to the approaches we take to managing everyday calls.


Preventing Crime – short term threats, long term solutions and getting the public involved 

31 Jan

Preventing crime was at the start of my vision statement.


Two Years In 

29 Jan

At the end of January 2016 I set out my vision for West Midlands Police “Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”.


Keep Your Eye on the Ball 

27 Jan

You’ll remember I’ve been banging on for a number of years now about the problem of people being in police custody for many hours or even for many days, waiting for Mental Health Act assessment, or more usually waiting for a mental...


The office of Constable: A life of service to the public 

24 Jan

In a week where we saw real horror in the West Midlands and the immense professionalism of staff a reminder of our oath and my advice to recruits who joined us this week.


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.


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Police blogs »

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.


Live-Tweeting 

19 Mar

All of us who use Twitter are probably guilty on occasion of wanting to shout up about a job to highlight something we see as important – a success story where someone was helped, a criminal caught, officers who’ve acted bravely...


Pre-Identifying 135 “Beds” 

7 Mar

A little lack of knowledge can be a dangerous thing – A couple of years ago, I learned of a perculiar incident in a police force area that would have made a great blog to emphasise a point, but it was so specific, I withheld from doing...


A tough time for dedicated colleagues 

1 Mar

There are no jobs quite as sad as those involving children.


Somewhere, Out There 

26 Feb

Chief Superintendent John Sutherland is a leader – we know this, because people follow him and listen keenly to what he has to say.


Twenty Years and Counting 

19 Feb

I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal.


Liable To Be Detained 

8 Feb

An AMHP and two doctors, one of whom is s12 approved, attend a patient’s home following concerns about their mental health deteriorating.


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 »

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).


Coach driver airlifted to hospital after three vehicle crash on the A38 near Lichfield 

16 Mar

A coach driver has been airlifted to hospital after a crash on the A38 near Lichfield.


£7 Million Air Ambulance flies into the Midlands 

1 Mar

A brand new and upgraded air ambulance helicopter has entered Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s fleet.


Air ambulance ‘told to move over health and safety risk’ 

1 Feb

A witness says the helicopter pilot was asked to move by a building site worker in Leamington Spa.


Air ambulance to fly dying Walsall man to be with his daughter 

31 Jan

Whod want to die in hospital? said Ray, who lives in Bloxwich...


Air ambulance to fly dying Walsall man to be with his daughter 

31 Jan

Whod want to die in hospital? said Ray, who lives in Bloxwich...


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