UK Police TASER Use Statistics 2010-11

UK Police TASER use statistics for the calendar years 2010 and 2011 were published by the Home Office on the 10th of September 2013. I have two major concerns with the release: The statistics no longer separate use by firearms and non-firearms officers. This is a major change to UK policing which the statistics ought [...]

Hunts District Cllrs Get Opportunity to Grill Commissioner Bright

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright Huntingdonshire District Council have invited Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright to lead the council’s “headline debate” at its meeting on Wednesday the 26th of June. The show starts at 7pm and 45 minutes have been scheduled for councillors to grill Commissioner Bright. Huntingdonshire District Council is “in [...]

Speaking at ACPO Transparency in UK Policing Event

On the 10th of June 2013 I spoke at an event titled “Transparency in UK Policing” run by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Around a hundred and fifty people from all but one or two of the country’s police forces were present, along with staff from the information commissioner’s office and central government. I [...]

Responding to Cambridgeshire Police Plan to Issue TASER to Non-Firearms Officers

On the morning of Wednesday the 1st of May I went on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Paul Stainton to discuss Cambridgeshire Police’s roll out of TASER weapons to non-firearms officers including neighbourhood, traffic and response officers. Presenter Paul Stainton reported Cambridgeshire’s Chief Constable Simon Parr had been invited on the show but had declined saying [...]

Cambs Police Announcement on TASER Deployment to Neighbourhood Officers Imminent

UK Police Officer Carrying a TASER Chief Inspector Neil Sloan of Cambridgeshire Police told a meeting of Cambridge’s Community Safety Partnership held on the 30th of April 2013 that a police announcement of the date from which neighbourhood officers will begin to be routinely armed with TASER weapons was “imminent”. Chief Inspector Sloan told the [...]

Draft Police and Crime Plan for Cambridgeshire Published

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright has today (26 February 2013) published a draft of his Police and Crime Plan for comment. This is something I and others have been suggesting the commissioner ought do for some time, given he was elected without a detailed manifesto or significant electoral mandate. Had the commissioner been [...]

Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright Speaks in Cambridge

Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Graham Bright made his first public speech in Cambridge at the West / Central Area Committee on the 10th of January 2013. I am here presenting the full video and transcript along with my comments. During the speech the commissioner announced new targets for: All non-emergency calls made via 101 [...]

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel Cancel Planned Meeting

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel Logo John Elworthy, the editor of a number of local newspapers, recently tweeted to note the cancellation of a meeting of Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Panel which had been scheduled for Wednesday the 9th of January 2013. Notice of the cancellation had been posted on the committee’s webpage on the [...]