Opinions

The importance of strong local policing

Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of law enforcement in the UK. New and emerging threats such as terrorism and high-tech crime have created specialism which are vital to protect the public in the modern world.

Tackling Domestic Abuse should be a priority for the next Government

In an interview last week, retired Chief Superintendent John Sutherland said that domestic abuse is the “single greatest harm in society”. He added, it’s a “disease of pandemic proportions”. These hard-hitting words are borne out of many years’ exposure to tragic cases on the frontline. 

Police & Crime Bulletin for November 2019

100 arrests, £65,000 in cash seized and £17,000 worth of drugs taken off the streets

A week of action to target “County Lines” drug dealing has seen significant results with 100 people arrested, as well as significant cash and drugs seizures, as part of Operation Stronghold.

Serious Organised Crime is just around the corner

Most people see serious organised crime as the subject of television drama. Quite exciting, fun to watch, a bit of a distraction from reality. Even when we do acknowledge it in the real world it is a phenomenon experienced in the big cities: London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.

Action on fraud - not Action Fraud

Since the revelations by The Times newspaper that unearthed the failings of Action Fraud earlier this year, no-one can be under any impression that the mechanism for dealing with fraud, online crime and scams is fit for purpose in this country.

Police & Crime Bulletin for October 2019

183 new police officers announced in first phase of recruitment

The Home Office have announced the first tranche of police officer recruitment to meet the pledge of 20,000 new officers promised by the Government.

Is rural crime a special case?

There is no special case for policing in rural communities. Not because these communities are valued any less, but because every community should be valued equally in the Thames Valley and should expect and receive the highest standards of policing.

Not "them", "us".

In 2016 I voted to leave the European Union. I am also a father, a husband, a rugby fan, a cricket follower, a dog lover, a Conservative councillor and a loather of “reality television”. For some reason though I am characterised as a “Leaver”.

Police & Crime Bulletin for August 2019

Tributes paid to PC Andrew Harper

The shocking death of PC Andrew Harper in such tragic circumstances late on Thursday night have rocked Thames Valley Police Force and the community it services.