This section covers my voluntary involvement in Hampshire Police .

Since 2018, I have been a member of the Hampshire Police Independent Advisory Group (AIG) based in Havant. IAGs are voluntary groups made up of members of the public that are independent from the police and who review incidents and issues that impact local communities. 

While I was a local Havant Borough Councillor between 2014-2018, I attended various operational shifts and a training course as an observer.  These activities allowed me better understand how the Police Force help and protect our residents in Havant and Hampshire.

These activites are published here, and all have received clearance from Hampshire Police Communications and Police Operational areas prior to publication. 

Since 2018 I have been a member of the Hampshire Police Independent Advisory Group (AIG) based in Havant. IAGs are voluntary groups made up of members of the public that are independent from the police.

IAGs are present in most large towns and cities and they meet between four and six times a year, to review and challenge and scrutinise policing practices in a constructive way. 

To read more about IAGs, please go here: Hampshire Police Independent Advisory Groups.

IAG members are encouraged to help the community with their skills and knowledge.

IAG members are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills to give back to the community. My expertise lies in computing and fraud.

My first computer was an IBM 5150 PC with dual 160kB floppies, which drove a 24 line 80 character monochrome display. My current PC which I built myself has 2TB SSDs with a 30" high resolution display with Freeview and FreeSat TV Tuners connected to our 10Gb LAN.

During my career I have spent 10 years in audit and conducted fraud investigations.

As part of my IAG payback, I present free seminars in the Havant area to resident and community groups on how to avoid fraud.

These seminars are temporarily suspended during the WuhanVirus ChinaVirus CoronaVirus Covid-19 pandemic.

Response and Patrol Car

Below is the article that was approved for release to the Portsmouth News for publication, and was published, but no longer available on-line. 

Operational detail of this shift is confidential.

Code 1 emergency robbery in progress…… we ran to the car and with blue lights flashing we speed off to catch the villain in the act….

Sorry to disappoint the readers, but my experience with the Hampshire Police 999 Response Team was nothing like what we have seen on the Sweeney, or motorway cops programmes that take months of filming to get one hour of TV programme. 

RPU officer, myself and advanced sriving instructorBelow is the article that was approved for release to the Portsmouth News for publication, but was not published.  Operational details and procedures used on this refresher course are confidential.

We have probably all seen on TV the Police happening to be in the right place at the right time to deploy the “STINGER” and bringing a subject car to a rapid halt with shredded tyres.

We may also have watched even more dramatic scenes when vehicles are forced to stop on the motorways and elsewhere after being boxed in by two or three police cars, with luckily, the public in their cars by pure chance not being anywhere near these scenes and kept safe.

Well, what you may have seen on TV is very different to reality as I observed when on the advanced Tactical Pursuit And Containment (TPAC) course that I was fortunate to attend and which was a real eye-opener on the effectiveness of police training and procedures.

RPU Car

Below is the article that was approved for release to the Portsmouth News for publication, and which was published but is no longer available on-line.
Operational detail of this shift is confidential.

It is approaching 4pm on a Friday afternoon when most people are maybe winding down for the weekend, but I’m approaching Havant Police Station to go out on a late shift with the Road Policing Unit (RPU) expecting to be scared stiff while driven at high speed catching speeders and doing other enforcement.