Author Archives: PoliceGeek

About PoliceGeek

I am a police sergeant with a strong interest in policing public order, both professionally and academically. I love ultra running and seeking new challenges

Ferguson Missouri

I am keen to write a more I depth article about the situation in Ferguson, having been inspired by this article in Newsweek.Whilst researching, I came across this piece in the Guardian, that on first reading appears to contradict the … Continue reading

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Protestor Liaison – Academic Theory, Professional Practice

This is an article I wrote some time ago prior to starting to blog. I discovered it whilst researching another blog post. I hope you find it useful. ****************************************************************************** This article will look at how operational policing and academic research … Continue reading

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Sec 60, Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994 (as amended)

I have intending to write some short blogs based on specific public order legislation for a while and recently drafted two different Section 60 notices for events I was providing tactical advice for; one was eventually enforced, whilst there wasn’t … Continue reading

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A Critique of ‘The Scottish State and the Criminalisation of Football Fans’

This blog post is a critique of the article ‘The Scottish state and the criminalisation of football fans’ Lavalette and Mooney, 2013, in Criminal Justice Matters. Before starting this critique I will explicitly state my position because I believe that, … Continue reading

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Chemical Suicide

This blog post is an area of policing I don’t normally blog about, but it is one that I have a strong professional interest in. I have been a Police CBRN responder for a number of years and an instructor … Continue reading

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A Response to Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP

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Tasers: Officer Safety Tool or Threat to Public Safety? A Critical Analysis

This blog is a response to an article written by Sophie Khan ‘Tasers: Officer Safety Tool or Threat to Public Safety?’ . I will use critical discourse analysis (CDA) to draw out the underlying meaning of the author and demonstrate … Continue reading

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Belfast Calling

In the last 18 months I have been deployed to assist other forces with policing events or disorder, from the London Riots, the Olympic Torch relay and demonstrations and protests. These deployments, known as mutual aid, allow forces to resource … Continue reading

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Glencoe Marathon

Why? I asked myself this question during the 14-16 mile section of the Glencoe Marathon as I climbed up to the Mamore Range of mountains, a 300 meter climb in a mile. Spurred on by the number of people who … Continue reading

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A Policeman’s Prayer

On Wednesday I attended the Scottish Police Memorial Service at Tulliallan Castle; where those who have fallen in service are remembered. The following day, I was hit by the terrible news that a colleague and friend had died in unexpected … Continue reading

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