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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...


The Wessely Review 

5 Oct

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead a review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and to report back by Autumn 2018 on what a new Mental Health Act may look like.


Tenants and Lodgers 

1 Oct

A man lives in his brothers home as a lodger, paying rent.


Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people 

29 Sep

I hope everyone managed a break over the summer.


OK, Let’s Try This Again! … 

25 Sep

Around nine months ago I started writing a series of BLOG posts, in the three-month build up to the introduction of the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.


“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.


Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...


Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.


Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

3 Aug

Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

29 Jul

The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


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Police blogs »

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...


The Wessely Review 

5 Oct

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead a review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and to report back by Autumn 2018 on what a new Mental Health Act may look like.


Tenants and Lodgers 

1 Oct

A man lives in his brothers home as a lodger, paying rent.


Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people 

29 Sep

I hope everyone managed a break over the summer.


OK, Let’s Try This Again! … 

25 Sep

Around nine months ago I started writing a series of BLOG posts, in the three-month build up to the introduction of the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 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 »

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...


Air ambulance lands in Tamworth after woman injured in fall 

13 Nov

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent to scene as pensioner suffers broken leg...


Air ambulance scrambled as man dies in Perry Barr 

26 Oct

The patient was unconscious and in cardiac arrest on Church Road...


Police swoop on street in Washwood Heath after woman ‘stabbed’ – air ambulance lands at scene 

15 Oct

Area around Wright Road closed off by police after Sunday afternoon horror...


Man airlifted to hospital after falling through Fazeley roof 

25 Sep

A MAN has this afternoon been airlifted to hospital after falling through a barn roof in Fazeley.


Star Wars Stormtrooper defends council “jobsworth” who stopped him fundraising 

25 Sep

Paul Heritage had joined a group of air ambulance volunteers when a council worker demanded that he leave...


Four-year-old ‘seriously injured’ after being hit by car in… 

15 Sep

Police have provided an update on the young girl hit by a car in Walsall this morning, saying her injuries are serious but not life-threatening.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary -… 

15 Sep

A toddler has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school this morning.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary – air ambulance scrambled 

15 Sep

Youngster taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital after collision outside Castlefort School...


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