Broken Britain & Policing

The Problem with… Schedule 7 Terrorism

As a former Special Branch Counter Terrorism Intelligence Detective who acted as an examining officer at Heathrow Airport within Scotland Yard, I more than most know of the positives and negatives of this unique and powerful UK legislation under the Terrorism Act 2000. Part of my court challenge against the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service at…

My Police Evidence to the UK Parliament

Home Affairs Committee Written evidence submitted by Kevin Maxwell [LSP 47] I. Introduction Kevin Maxwell is black, gay and a former officer of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS’) Special Operations 15 Directorate (SO15). SO15 is a specialist, elite unit with “expertise in intelligence analysis and development, investigation and operational support activity”. It has the ultimate responsibility…

GO HOME or FACE ARREST?

The GO HOME or FACE ARREST vans by the UK Conservative Government (oh, and the ‘Liberal’ Democrats), are EVERYTHING that is nasty about the British Tories. Ethnic minorities are often told to GO HOME, even when they are born here. At least the Conservatives have the Gay VOTE now though. All is well.

Credit where credit due …

Same-sex unions were started by the Labour Party, not the Tories. The Conservatives just finished off, what had already been started. Tory gloating about getting this through is making me nauseous. Gay people change things, not politicians. Forgive the past, but, let’s not forget it and what many gay people went through because who and…

Race, Racism & Racists at the Met… Still!

Today, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and I use the term ‘independent’ extremely loosely published a(nother) report stating that the Metropolitan Police Service fails to deal with race, racism and racists and that this was toxic. Shock, horror. This has to be the most underrated statement of the year, and there’s been some. Scotland Yard is incapable…

George Osborne – Benefit Scrounger?

There’s much talk in the UK at the moment about State Benefits, which has seen Prime Minister David Cameron send a tweet to a ‘spoof’ Iain Duncan Smith (Work and Pensions Secretary) Twitter account. I came across an ironic and iconic Blue Plague picture for the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. My first thought was, he…

Broken … Promise

In the third and last of my connected blog posts, it’s sad to think that back when I was 23 I started my dream job as a Police Officer and 11-years later racism and homophobia would drive me out. I remember joining the service for what I believed it stood for, in the public good.…

Raising Awareness at Daybreak …

ITV have confirmed I will be on ‘Daybreak’ tomorrow morning at 6.50am with Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee to talk about ‘Leadership and Standards in the Police’. My being invited on to the breakfast programme to coincide with the publication tomorrow 1 July 2013 of the select committee’s report into leadership and…