London and New York: Roles reversed as crime rates diverge. Why London is turning into 1980s New York, thanks to a failure to respond to the 'Broken Windows Theory'.Read More
We all know the saying, and most of us will wholeheartedly agree that it’s wrong, and you shouldn’t. But, get the cover wrong on your book, and that is exactly what happens. Your book will be judged negatively and readers won’t buy it. That’s the reality. We do judge books by their covers. Just the same as we judge people by the way they dress, judge them by what car they drive, what house they live in, and we even judge them by way they walk and talk.Read More
As the recent attacks on the Borussia Dortmund team bus demonstrate, terrorism appears to show its face more and more frequently. But is it really terrorism, or an increase in the #FearFacade ?Read More
As our security services and police became more proficient at spotting, in advance, those purchasing or acquiring the precursor materials for explosives - terror groups changed their approach.Read More
In many ways, writing a book is rather like conceiving a child. The birth may feel difficult but is often the easy part! What follows are the sleepless nights and the tears when the book isn't doing what it's supposed to do.Read More
The comedian and author, Ben Elton, once said the key to writing a book is writing so much and so fast that you get to the point where even if you hate it, you’re loathe to tear it up and start all over again because you have so much material that it would make you weep...Read More
Terrorism is therefore defined by motive, and not method. Any act of violence, however small, could be a terrorist act if the motives of the attacker are political or ideological. Conversely, a large attack with purely criminal motivations is not terrorism.Read More
Police officers often have to make decisions which they live to regret; upon which they have to reflect all the time.
'What if?' is the question that can haunt them for the rest of their lives.
I know, because I have a ‘What If?’ question constantly in my head.Read More
It is a great shame that we are no longer part of the EU. I mourn the parting of this relationship. But it wasn't racism or xenophobia that caused us to leave. It was the complete lack of recognition, by UK politicians and those in Brussels, as to the affects that our membership has on the lowest paid in our society.Read More
Nowadays, there is simply no criminal investigation that does not have an element of CCTV involved. In my opinion, investigations into all sorts of incidents are damaged and curtailed if these cameras don't exist. The police can, retrospectively, track a suspect from one point to another in London using the CCTV that is available.Read More
We rely on the police and the security services and we expect them to apprehend suspects of mass murder and terrorism quickly. So why did it take the police four months to find Salah Abdeslam?Read More
I'd been working on the burglary squad on my borough for nearly three years. We were the best performing burglary unit in London and as a fresh-faced police officer in my twenties, I was proud to be part of the team. There was nothing anyone could teach me. I'd been there, seen it, done it, and bought the T-shirt.Read More
Police officers are just normal people who sometimes find themselves in the middle of the most extraordinary of circumstances. They live in a culture where they are expected to 'get on with it'. I was no different.Read More