All the People, All the Time


Last week, I was listening in as a senior Met officer suggested that they could think of no other organisation in the UK that is the subject of headline scrutiny as frequently as the Police Service.

‘Every day except Christmas day,’ they remarked.

Policing is being tested and challenged – invariably in the public domain – as never before.

Rightly so, you might say.

It set me thinking about my time working for Sir John Stevens – when he was Commissioner of the Met.

One afternoon, he walked into the office and asked my colleague and I to draw up a list of the institutions and individuals to whom, in one way or another, he was accountable.

I suspect he wanted to make a point.

I don’t have the original paperwork – but, written today, the running order looks something like this:

• The Queen
• Parliament
• The Home…

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