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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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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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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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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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