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What was it like to be in the police for the last thirty years? How has it changed? When and why did those changes happen? What was it like to live through this tumultuous period in the history of British policing? How did it all go so wrong? If you're interested in British policing, this is the podcast for you.
 
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This is the final TJF podcast until the book comes out later this year. After that, I will then see where things are, and gauge whether there's the appetite for more podcasts in the future. Thanks for listening and try and be nice to the police...they're only human!By Iain Donnelly
 
In this bonus episode I talk about the continuing horrors of knife crime and the multiplying deaths of (mostly) black children, and how the toxic media treatment of policing is making an already horrible situation much worse. I then turn my attention to a very misleading article in The Guardian and inject (God-forbid) a few facts into the debate ar…
 
This week I interview Dave Flanagan, who spent many years working for the Vice Squad, Obscene Publications Squad and then the Paedophile Unit in London. It's a fascinating account of how the police investigated these issues back in the 1980s and 90s, in the time before the Internet reared its ugly head.…
 
In this episode I provide an introductory 101 on child sex offenders. I talk about different types of offender, their journey to live abuse and I explain how grooming works. Finally I talk about the impact of the Internet on offending. You should probably listen to this episode before the next two episodes where I interview some of those who have i…
 
In this bonus episode I discuss the controversy relating to Met Superintendent Robyn Williams, convicted of possessing a child abuse video and now re-instated back into her job, after being sacked. I also look at the woefully low rate of 1.6% of rapes now leading to criminal prosecution and consider what has gone wrong.…
 
This week I interview Stuart Davidson, the author of the No.1 best-seller about law and order 'Wasting Police Time' The following description of the book was taken from Amazon; "Ever wondered why you can't find a policeman when you want one? PC David Copperfield has the answer: they're all inside the station, writing reports, photocopying, stapling…
 
Nick Adderley has been one of the very few Chief Constables nationally to put his head above the parapet and point out some of the many things that need to change in UK policing. He has a relentless focus on dismantling criminal networks and was the only Chief in the UK to equip all of his frontline officers with Taser to protect them from violent …
 
This week I interview Scott Walker, who is one of the world’s most experienced kidnap for ransom negotiators having either successfully responded to or case managed over 300 cases and other similar crises such as piracy, marauding terrorist and cyber extortion attacks. Scott and I both worked in counter-terrorism operations in New Scotland Yard, an…
 
In this weeks podcast I interview my ex-colleague from the West Midlands Police, Keith Fraser. Keith tells the fascinating story of how he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1985. This was very unusual for a young black man from Birmingham in those days. He worked there for 20 years before transferring to the West Midlands Police where he retired as…
 
Policing has always had an uneasy relationship with journalists. In this podcast I interview Danny Shaw, who was the leading BBC Home Affairs correspondent for twenty years, Danny reported on policing and justice issues under ten different Home Secretaries and five different Prime Ministers, making him without a doubt the most experienced and knowl…
 
This week I interview Professor Tom Lewis, the Director of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Rights and Justice. Tom’s main research areas lie in the field of human rights and constitutional law and history. He has particular interests in the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, and in the European Convention on Human…
 
This week I discuss what a nightmare it now is for police officers trying to do their job every day with idiots shoving camera phones in their faces and then uploading it all to YouTube and Tiktok. What effect is this having on public safety, and on the mental and emotional wellbeing of police officers and on their human rights? What, if anything, …
 
This week I interview Tony Long, the ex-Metropolitan Police firearms officer, who in 2015, was cleared of murdering Azelle Rodney in the course of a police surveillance operation in 2005. Three firearms were found in the car. The internal Met Professional Standards Department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission ruled that Tony had acte…
 
This week I have a fascinating chat with Ex-DS Nick Bailey, who became critically ill after becoming contaminated with the chemical weapon Novichok, in Salisbury in 2018. He talks frankly about his police career, the incident, and his difficult decision to leave the police service in 2020 as a result of experiencing severe mental health issues. I a…
 
This week I grovel pathetically to the nice journalists and politicians who don't make a career out of slagging off the Old Bill, I talk about how a Nazi extremist managed to get into the Met police, and I interview the lovely Kerry Young who I used to work with in Coventry many years ago. Check out the brand new intro and outro music by my very ta…
 
In this episode, Iain talks about Line of Duty, the vindication of the Met police response to the Clapham 'vigil' and the excellent new BBC2 documentary series about tackling serious and organised crime in Manchester. He becomes a bit emotional talking about certain politicians, before needing a little lie down in a quiet room. Finally he talks abo…
 
In this episode I discuss the Bristol disorder and talk about what it's like to be in these situations and to train for them. I then compare the TV police vs the real police and how much police dramas annoy real cops. Finally I'll introduce my wife, the Smog Monkey, who describes what it's like to be married to a police officer. If you like this po…
 
This is the only podcast that will tell you honestly what it’s really been like to be in the British police for the last thirty years. How has it changed? When and why did those changes happen? What was it like to live through this incredibly tumultuous period in the history of British policing? Whether you’re a member of the public who’s curious a…
 
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