Paul McKeever

Entries by Paul McKeever

Heading for a Catastrophe

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2012 | (23:00)

Earlier this week it was revealed by a national newspaper that the government is planning to strip an already bare police service even further without any care for the impact on the public. The privatisation of the police service will have a detrimental effect on public safety and the level...

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UK Riots Reflection - While Shepherds Watched...

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2011 | (23:00)

The heat of the summer riots has well and truly subsided and as winter has settled in it has allowed for some time of cool reflection from various quarters. This week alone we've had two important reviews of the policing response both from the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) and...

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Swearing and the Police - Adding Insult to Injury

(16) Comments | Posted 24 November 2011 | (23:00)

The Police Arbitration Tribunal has now concluded and we await the decision of the arbiters and the ratification of the Home Secretary. It is a tense time for officers and one that brings back some bad memories of previous altercations with the Home Office; but we will continue to trust...

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Now is Not the Right Time for Police and Crime Commissioners

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2011 | (00:00)

I recently read an interesting article in the Guardian newspaper titled 'Crime policy and bonfire of central control,' which looked at the characters angling for the powerful positions of Police and Crime Commissioners, or PCC's. I have shared my views and concerns on PCCs since they were proposed back in...

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An Ill Wind Blows

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2011 | (16:06)

This week's release of the crime statistics for England and Wales paint a bleak picture. They brought to bear some of our concerns and vindicated many of our warnings. I by no means welcome this. The police recorded crime statistics show a 4% overall decline. This should obviously be welcomed;...

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Hate to Say I Told You So

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2011 | (14:45)

It would appear we are not the only ones concerned about future disorder on the streets of Britain. ComRes released figures this week from a poll of MPs taken last month. The poll of some 151 MPs found over half of them believe that the events of August...

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Remember to Forget

(0) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (10:30)

The Metropolitan Police has a new commissioner after what has been a traumatic couple of months for London and the rest of the county's police service. We wish Bernard Hogan-Howe all the best in what is going to most likely be the biggest challenge in his career. There are many...

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Yvonne Fletcher - new Hope for Justice

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2011 | (00:00)

Yvonne was shot dead in broad daylight whilst trying to police a protest outside of the Libyan Embassy 27 years ago. She was unarmed and only 25 years old. Ever since that day, I have been campaigning to bring her killer to justice and it is a case that remains...

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Agree to Disagree

(3) Comments | Posted 1 August 2011 | (09:53)

July has been an eventful month for UK policing. It began with the Police Bravery Awards; saw the hacking scandal and the resignation of two of the country's most senior police officers; a rallying call at Methodist Central Hall, and now the failure to reach agreement at the Police Negotiation...

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A Bleak Horizon for UK Policing

(4) Comments | Posted 7 July 2011 | (18:09)

July is an important month in the Police Federation calendar. It is when we host the Police Bravery Awards where we honour the heroic actions of some of the most dedicated police officers of England and Wales. This year the brave officers will attend a reception at Downing Street where...

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