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Where Are The Stick People? 

29 Jul

It’s been quite a few months since I last published a blog post and I’m often asked what’s happened to Stick Child and his friends.


The Professionals 

22 Nov

Imagine a police force that handed out firearms to its officers without training them.


Chain Reaction 

14 Oct

No, nothing to do with an old Diana Ross track, but the title of a presentation I gave at the UK’s first ever TEDx policing event in Leeds yesterday – #OldBillRebuilt, ably organised by Gareth Stubbs.


Freeze Frame 

11 Sep

Watching the TV programme ‘The Force’ last night (which follows the work of officers from Greater Manchester Police), I thought of yet another analogy to help explain why binary comparisons are rubbish.


Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.


Short Circuit 

10 May

This is Stick Boss.


Maths Class 

4 May

Here’s Stick Teacher.


Detox 

25 Apr

Whilst flicking through TV channels recently, I came across a consumer advice programme, where the reporter was researching the effectiveness of self-administered ‘detox’ products.


Comfort Blanket 

17 Apr

When Stick Child was a bit younger, he had a little comfort blanket.


Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman 

17 Apr

Pair jailed after death of Smethwick woman A teenager has today been jailed for 12 years for murdering a 47-year-old Smethwick woman.


The Wrong Conversation 

28 Mar

Stick Child has been getting increasingly irritated by the slack methods some adults use to present information about really important stuff, such as how long it takes for patients to be seen in Accident and Emergency (AE) departments.


Police appeal after bike stolen from Wolverhampton station 

12 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating after a bicycle was stolen from the rack at Wolverhampton railway station.


Police appeal after bike stolen from Wolverhampton station 

12 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating after a bicycle was stolen from the rack at Wolverhampton railway station.


CCTV released after Wolverhampton community stalwart burgled 

10 Mar

CCTV released after Wolverhampton community stalwart burgled Visit our website for more information at http://www.


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...


Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall! Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about...


Police pursuit reaches 142mph 

6 Feb

Police pursuit reaches 142mph A member of a Wolverhampton gang who carried out smash and grab raids on shops across the country netting almost 40000 in cigarettes has been jailed.


Headteacher praises WMFS response 

6 Feb

Headteacher praises WMFS response Last night (Thurs 5 Feb) 40 of our firefighters responded to a fire at St Alban's Primary School in Wednesfield.


Image issued following Wolverhampton bike theft 

12 Dec

Do you recognise this man...


Image issued following Wolverhampton bike theft 

12 Dec

Do you recognise this man...


Avoidable Harm 

6 Dec

I recently had a conversation on Twitter about a national campaign called ‘Sign up to Safety’, which aims to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS.


Chair’s letter to Minister 

3 Dec

Date: 1 December 2014 Penny Mordaunt, MPParliamentary Under Secretary of StateDCLG4th Floor, Fry Building2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Dear Fire Minister...


Images released after bag theft – Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton 

17 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) wants to speak to two men in CCTV images released today after a passenger’s bag was stolen from the luggage racks of a train traveling between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.


Images released after bag theft – Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton 

17 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) wants to speak to two men in CCTV images released today after a passenger’s bag was stolen from the luggage racks of a train traveling between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.


A Tale of Two Kings 

16 Nov

At bedtime, Stick Child’s Daddy often reads his son a story from his favourite story book, “Medieval Stories from Stick Kingdom with an Inevitable Systems Thinking Moral”.


Stick Child and The Fraggles 

12 Nov

Recently, Stick Child was watching the television channel ‘Stick Gold’, when he came across an episode of the 1980s children’s show, Fraggle Rock .


CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Monty’s bar, Sedgley 

6 Nov

CCTV appeal: Thug hits man outside Montys bar, Sedgley Do you recognise these men? We want to speak to them after a man was assaulted outside Monty's bar, High Street, Sedgley.


Top of the Table 

27 Oct

When the Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee asked Michael Gove (Secretary of State of Education at the time) about comparative performance measurement between schools, this happened: Chair: If “good” requires pupil...


It’s Criminal 

10 Oct

I’ve been meaning to get around to writing about the issue of using crime figures as an indicator of police performance for a while now.


Find The Treasure 

27 Sep

“It’s just the starting point for asking questions”.


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Admissions on Admissions 

23 Jul

You may have noticed the Care Quality Commission published a report this week on the State of Mental Health Care.


Please, Just Stop 

22 Jul

There is a commonly occurring scenario amongst our colleagues in green and blue where they end up conspiring together to cause a nightmare and it needs to stop before someone is disciplined or worse, hurt.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


The Law of the Land 

16 Jul

Did I mention I’d been to France?! … see above! We arrived home late last night and now have a recovery day before the harsh reality of work, first thing in the morning! I had a very interesting experience  once I’d arrived...


Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.


All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.


The MHA Changes 

13 Jul

I’m being absolutely inundated at the moment, via email, phone and social media, with questions about when those changes to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will be brought in to effect.


Two arrested in James Brindley murder investigation 

13 Jul

Detectives investigating the death of James Brindley in Aldridge have arrested a man and a teenager on suspicion of his murder.


Guest Blog- ACC Sarah Boycott: My first two months 

12 Jul

Having been with WMP for about two months now, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my first impressions and thoughts and provide answers to some of the questions you’ve raised with me, when I’ve been out and about.


CCTV released of James Brindley murder suspects 

11 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley have obtained CCTV footage of two suspects which is now being released in a renewed bid for information.


“I am very grateful for your continued hard work” 

5 Jul

I was hoping to see as many of you as possible through the roadshows.


New appeal for witnesses over Aldridge murder as victim’s family pay fresh tributes 

3 Jul

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley are appealing for two men who were in the area at the time to get in touch.


Driver had feet on dashboard while in cruise control – police crackdown on rogue drivers 

2 Jul

Almost 100 motorists were caught using their mobile phone at the wheel during a police crackdown on distracted driving.


Stepping on Toes 

30 Jun

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a massive extension to ‘liaison’ work in mental health services.


AMHPs and AMHPing 

29 Jun

I’ve got to know a fair number of AMHPs in my time.


Detectives keen to speak to two men in connection with the James Brindley murder investigation 

27 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for two men who approached James moments before his death to come forward.


The Important Partnership 

26 Jun

We hear a lot about partnerships in public services, the need for various agencies to do them, to have them or the need to improve them.


Treatment and Care 

25 Jun

Six years ago, Nicola Edgington attacked Kerry Clark and Sally Hodkin in south London, seriously injuring Kerry, a 22yr old woman and killing Sally, a 58yr old mother and grandmother.


Fallen Coventry cop remembered at fun run 

25 Jun

A memorial run in honour of a fallen Coventry cop will stage its last leg next weekend − to recognise 35 years since his death.


Appeal for witnesses in James Brindley murder enquiry 

25 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.


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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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Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


Motorcyclist dies after Drayton Bassett collision 

19 Jul

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a white van.


​Air ambulance called after motorbike and car collide in Tamworth 

19 Jul

AN air ambulance has been sent to Tamworth after reports of a motorbike in collision with a car.


Woman killed on A38 north of Lichfield was Lithuanian national 

19 Jul

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have named the woman who died on the A38 north of Lichfield on July 6 as Veronika Pugaciova.


Man arrested as woman suffers serious head injury in Sutton… 

12 Jul

A MAN has been arrested following a 'hit-and-run' collision in Sutton Coldfield town centre.


Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in suspected hit-and-run… 

12 Jul

A WOMAN has suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a motorcycle in Sutton Coldfield.


Woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorcycle in Sutton Coldfield. 

12 Jul

A woman has been taken to hospital after being stuck by a motorcycle on Birmingham Road, near Brewhouse Kitchen, at around 11:50AM this morning (12/07).


Police still trying to identify woman killed on A38 north of… 

12 Jul

POLICE are still trying to identify a woman who was killed on the A38 north of Lichfield last Thursday (July 6).


Air ambulance called after motorbike hits pedestrian in… 

12 Jul

AN air ambulance has been sent to Sutton Coldfield after reports of a motorbike colliding with a pedestrian.


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