‘Are we all equal under the law, Dave?’

In June 2013, when David Graham Jones took charge of North Yorkshire Police for the first time, he probably thought that he had ‘landed on his feet’ as we say oop t’North. A rambling, old country hall as HQ, miles from anywhere, it truly is far from the madding crowd lfordPolicing the genteel and largelyContinue reading “‘Are we all equal under the law, Dave?’”

409,970 reasons not to trust North Yorkshire Police

The old-fashioned notion that honesty was an integral part of policing in the UK has been comprehensively swept away over the past few years, as corruption scandal after corruption scandal has emerged into the public domain. Many of the worst public outrages concern police forces in Yorkshire. The Hillsborough Disaster, the Battle of Orgreave and RotherhamContinue reading “409,970 reasons not to trust North Yorkshire Police”

The Code of Ethics Confidence Trick

The College of Policing‘s Code of Ethics has often been described via my Twitter feed (@Neil_Wilby) as an Emperor’s New Clothes fairy tale, straight from the Hans Christian Andersen portfolio. It is a joke, a confidence trick, a scam or any other similar name you would like to call it. The only function for the ethics code, thatContinue reading “The Code of Ethics Confidence Trick”

‘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”