You Do Not Have to Say Anything but…

A wonderful response to my current survey on 21st century policing. Many powerful and stimulating comments by a wide variety of people.

This is from someone who left the police as a Detective Constable after ten years service:

“… other than reciting the caution. I loved the police. I ate, slept and drank it for ten years. It cost me my mental health, my figure (weight gain), many friends and my social life. Nearly a year since I left and I miss it every day, but it’s the right decision. I have a life, I eat at the same time every day, I get enough sleep, my stress levels are through the floor instead of the roof, I don’t look at everyone with suspicion or watch my back when I go to the pub. It’s amazing to see the difference outside the Job, but I really miss the people, most of the work and the sense of belonging.”

Take the survey here

Gutter level morale

Responses to my opening survey are coming in thick and fast. Officers of all ranks and roles have taken part. I asked what are the main issues facing the police service today. Here are some key quotes:

“Austerity, enforced conformity, lack of difference, no creativity, no innovation, defensiveness, insularity.”

“Increasing work with less officers. Leading to less support from the public and more hatred in the press.”

“Gutter-level morale, continuing to pick up work that should sit with other agencies, insufficient time and resources to complete a job satisfactorily.”

The survey remains open. Contribute here

The Essence of Canteen Culture

I am seeking police officers and staff, either serving or retired, to participate in the research phase of the ‘Canteen Culture’ project. I intend to publish my findings as a book.

I am looking for officers of all ranks, all levels of service, and from all parts of the country.

I will be seeking views on a number of key areas that effect the police and the public they serve in 21st Britain. I will be comparing these to the findings of Roger Graef in his seminal work, ‘Talking Blues’ which was published 25 years ago.

I will be seeking contributions in a number of formats, and will offer anonymity to encourage honesty. I would encourage contributors to offer personal details should they so wish, as this will obviously add some weight to the veracity of their opinions.

The first phase will be via a series of questionnaires supplied to participants. These will be focused on specific areas, and I would encourage honesty and depth to answers. There will be no restriction on the length of answers. These answers may be subject to follow up questions if necessary.

I already have a significant number of officers and staff members willing to assist. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part to provide as clear a picture of 21st century policing from those who do it as possible.

If you want to take part, please e-mail me

I can also be contacted via Facebook or Twitter

Please feel free to share this project as widely as possible.

Canteen Culture

25 years ago, Talking Blues by Roger Graef was published. This book was subtitled The Police in their own Words. Around 500 officers were interviewed.

Canteen Culture is a research project to take the temperature of the police service in 2015. It will compare the views of serving police officers with those of their predecessors from the 1980s. It will also examine police opinions in the 21st century when facing new challenges.

I will be seeking opinion from police officers and staff who can speak freely and anonymously. I will seek views on different issues from what I hope will become an increasingly diverse group.

Once the research element is completed, I intend to seek publication.

This project will only succeed with the honest and forthright input of police officers and those who work alongside them.

You can contribute via a questionnaire, e-mails, or Facebook and Twitter comments. I intend to publish my findings.

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