Note: I am no longer the Dedicated Ward Officer. You can find current details here.

I proudly serve the 13,600 residents of Abbeville Road and Clapham Common Ward and the rest of London as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service.

I’m a human being, just like you, and as a human being I’m not infallible. I may make mistakes, just like you.

I’ve had a life outside of policing, starting out as a strategy consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, before entering the thinktank world via the Institute for Government and latterly Policy Exchange.

I served London as a Special Constable from 2011 to 2013 and since then have been a full-time Police Constable, currently working hard as a Dedicated Ward Officer (or what one might have previously called a Home Beat!) for the Clapham Common Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth.

I care deeply about the importance of effective crimefighting. (I shouldn’t have to add that, but I think it important!).

Any and all views expressed, if they are opinions, are personal opinions. Nothing on the blog should be taken to reflect the views of any organisation.

The usual disclaimers apply, with regards links not implying endorsement, and so on.

Inspired, in part, by the National Policing Improvement Agency’s #100Blog project, and the positive feedback I received for my contribution on foot patrol, I’m hoping that what I have to say is of interest and value.

I’ve opted to try to follow the example of others, including the unbeatable @MentalHealthCop (Inspector Michael Brown) and inspirational @PoliceCommander (Chief Superintendent John Sutherland), who both blog openly and transparently. I intend to try to follow the same path, believing that debate, dialogue and the sharing of ideas, perspectives and approaches is of benefit to public and police alike.

Finally, it is 2015, and for anyone to seriously suggest that police officers should not be able to make use of technology to engage and communicate is out of kilter with the century we are in. What’s more, if I can be trusted with a pair of handcuffs, a baton, CS spray and the power of arrest – I’ve come to the conclusion that I can be trusted with a blog. I’m hopeful that I won’t be proved wrong.

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