David Crompton: The South Yorkshire Police years

The recently suspended Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, David Crompton, joined the police service in 1982. He is the son of Sir Dan Crompton, a former Manchester officer who later became Chief Constable of Notts Constabulary. Crompton senior topped up his post-retirement pension by serving with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, a sinecure which is now most noted forContinue reading “David Crompton: The South Yorkshire Police years”

Key witness in police funded civil action is a proven liar

In a sensational and very recent development it can now be proved that the central witness in North Yorkshire Police‘s High Court pursuit of two journalists over harassment claims is a liar. And not just a little white lie, either. There is at least one whopper that could land Jane Kenyon-Miller in a criminal court. DocumentsContinue reading “Key witness in police funded civil action is a proven liar”

The North Yorkshire Police dilemma: Find a murderer or pursue journalists over alleged harassment.

Claudia Lawrence, a chef at York University, was 35 years old when she went missing in 2009. She was spotted on her way to a 6am shift at work but never arrived and hasn’t been seen since. Her disappearance was treated as murder, six weeks after her disappearance, and it is the view of some that NorthContinue reading “The North Yorkshire Police dilemma: Find a murderer or pursue journalists over alleged harassment.”

‘Complete capitulation’ follows the fall of Rome

The decision of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Julia Mulligan, to use a blank cheque drawn on policing funds to finance a civil harassment claim is one that has already attracted a good deal of controversy. With more certain to follow as the case unravels. Efforts at unpicking both the history and theContinue reading “‘Complete capitulation’ follows the fall of Rome”

Cost of silencing police force critics now approaches £1 million

Tuesday 9th February marked the first anniversary of the initial hearing of a civil harassment claim that is known, curiously, as Hofschröer and others –v- Hofschröer and others. On the face of it, a family dispute gone wrong concerning title to a property formerly owned by a deceased father and an ailing mother. But behindContinue reading “Cost of silencing police force critics now approaches £1 million”

Liar, Liar. Pants on fire.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, or IPCC for short, is an organisation that has been extensively, and justifiably, criticised since it replaced the thoroughly discredited Police Complaints Authority in 2004. In February 2008, over a hundred lawyers who specialise in handling police complaints resigned from its advisory body, citing various criticisms of the IPCC includingContinue reading “Liar, Liar. Pants on fire.”

Former Police Authority Chair in fresh Alderman storm

To many in the picturesque coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby, and an even larger number across the broader acres of North Yorkshire, the very thought that Jane Margaret Kenyon could be worthy of a special civic honour would be anathema. Miss Kenyon endured a chequered history during her political career as a councillor in Scarborough; whilst inContinue reading “Former Police Authority Chair in fresh Alderman storm”

Operation Lamp: A Major corruption scandal

‘This report will blow West Yorkshire Police apart’. Sounds melodramatic, but these are the words to me of a well placed insider about an investigation into the fit-up of an up-and-coming young police officer, by his Leeds Bridewell colleagues, twelve years ago. That bombshell revelation also fits into my own sphere of knowledge. Which isContinue reading “Operation Lamp: A Major corruption scandal”

Proportionality, policing and the public interest

‘Proportionality’ and ‘in the public interest’ are two of the buzz words and phrases often deployed amongst policing professionals and commentators these days, and this is a tale that brings both into play in a quite noteworthy, and in many ways, disturbing manner. Apart from fixed penalty offences for such as shoplifting; drunk and disorderly;Continue reading “Proportionality, policing and the public interest”

Police and Crime Commissioners, Scrutiny Panels and some ‘holding to account’ myths

In November 2012, voters in forty-one police areas in England and Wales went to the ballot box and elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) for the first time. They would replace the moribund police authorities, which had existed since the abolition of watch committees in 1964. The three principal functions of a PCC were, byContinue reading “Police and Crime Commissioners, Scrutiny Panels and some ‘holding to account’ myths”