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I have been a police officer for over 20 years. Spending the last 10 years investigating fatal and serious road traffic collisions with all the aftermath that that entails. I am now a detective in a busy seaside resort and child abuse investigator. DISCLAIMERS: Any disclosures made in these podcasts have been previously reported to the relevant authorities. These are my opinions based on my own experiences. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself. Third party contributors express their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not to be taken as my endorsement of them. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the listener decide.

I have been a police officer for over 20 years. Spending the last 10 years investigating fatal and serious road traffic collisions with all the aftermath that that entails. I am now a detective in a busy seaside resort and child abuse investigator. DISCLAIMERS: Any disclosures made in these podcasts have been previously reported to the relevant authorities. These are my opinions based on my own experiences. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself. Third party contributors express their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not to be taken as my endorsement of them. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the listener decide.

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United Kingdom

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I have been a police officer for over 20 years. Spending the last 10 years investigating fatal and serious road traffic collisions with all the aftermath that that entails. I am now a detective in a busy seaside resort and child abuse investigator. DISCLAIMERS: Any disclosures made in these podcasts have been previously reported to the relevant authorities. These are my opinions based on my own experiences. They are not to be taken as fact and my views do not represent anyone else other than myself. Third party contributors express their own views, invited or otherwise. I exercise no editorial control over those third party views and as such publishing such views are not to be taken as my endorsement of them. My aim, in the true nature of journalism is to present all sides of an argument and let you the listener decide.

Twitter:

@slserenada

Language:

English


Episodes

5: PILGRIM BANDITS: The Curtis Palmer Project

9/9/2020
The Pilgrim Bandits (https://pilgrimbandits.org/) Pilgrim Bandits recognises the dangerous and often stressful work carried out by the Policing Family. We understand that PTSD, stress and mental health related issues have increased within the Police and Emergency services. Officers nationwide are also daily suffering injuries, some life changing. Having worked for many years helping our Armed Forces servicemen and women suffering similar issues we have decided to extend our remit of help to...

Duration:00:24:48

4: MIKE CUNNINGHAM QPM: CEO of the College of Policing.

8/24/2020
In this episode I talk with Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, current head of the college of policing. We discuss the PEQF and direct entry scheme to policing and the controversy it has caused with many front line officers. We also discuss the new projects the college is currently rolling out and Mike reflects on his 30+ years in law enforcement.

Duration:00:27:01

3: LANCASHIRE VIOLENCE REDUCTION NETWORK: Police and communities working together to provide trauma informed policing.

8/1/2020
The Lancashire Violence Reduction Network (http://www.lancsvrn.co.uk) are a team of specialists from health, education, police, youth offending, probation, local government and social care who are working together to share best practices and connect services to tackle violent crime and its underlying causes. We talk to Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Clarke who is leading Lancashire Constabulary's initiative to tackle crime through a trauma informed approach. Joining Sue is Rose Latham...

Duration:00:38:32

2: LIAM MAHON: Systems thinker and human being

3/11/2020
Liam Mahon by his own mission didn’t enjoy school and left academically with very little. He joined the army and worked hard to gain his Green beret after completing the Royal Marines commando course. After serving in Iraq he left the army and joined the police spending the next 13 years serving the police of Lancashire. But as we have heard so many times before he attended several incidents that adversely affected his mental health and he resigned. Searching for a purpose and perhaps trying...

Duration:00:35:29

1: JOHN SUTHERLAND: Crossing the line.

2/16/2020
In the April of 2013 my guest suffered a traumatic mental breakdown that would cut short his career as a police officer. He chose to write about that experience and in 2017 his book "Blue, a memoire: Keeping the peace and falling to pieces" was published. Searingly honest, sharing police work in a way perhaps no one has ever done before and the toll that it took on him, it quickly became a best seller. He became somewhat of a celebrity within the policing and wellbeing world and was soon in...

Duration:00:51:04

11: PETER KIRKHAM: Ex Met Police Officer and policing commentator

12/13/2019
Peter Kirkham was born & bred on a farm in Cheshire. He travelled to London and basically never went back! He joined the Metropolitan Police as a Special Constable whilst at university and joined as a Constable immediately after he finished his degree. He served in the Metropolitan Police for over 21 years, both in uniform and CID at all ranks up to Detective Chief Inspector. He spent five years on the Flying Squad,dealing with armed robbers in the early 1990s, followed by two years, as a...

Duration:00:37:07

10: LT COL WILL MEDDINGS: Leadership in the British Army

11/29/2019
Lieutenant Colonel Will Meddings is an infantry officer in the Royal Anglian Regiment. Throughout his career he has commanded soldiers on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, in teams sizing from a 12 man patrol fighting alongside the Afghan Army in Helmand, to a 100-strong company protecting advisors in Kabul. He now commands a battalion of 500 soldiers. In 2016 Will was one of the founders of the Centre for Army Leadership at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, a small organisation...

Duration:00:29:32

9: TOM WHEELHOUSE: The impact on officers leaving the police service.

11/16/2019
Tom Wheelhouse spent several years in the Metropolitan police service and one of his career highlights was working on the 2012 London Olympics. However he soon came to realise that his dream job was becoming a nightmare and after careful thought handed in his resignation due to the toxic work atmosphere he found himself in. With no job and no plan he managed to find work in the commercial sector for several years before realising what he really wanted to do was to help people who found...

Duration:00:31:30

8: SARAH JANE LENNIE: The impact of emotional labour on police officers

7/22/2019
Sarah-Jane (SJ) Lennie served as a police officer for 18 years before struggling with her mental health and finally making a personally difficult decision to change her career. It was only at the point of finally speaking out about her own experiences of mental ill-health that she came to realise how many of her colleagues were also suffering, though no one was talking. Coming from a family of police officers, with both parents and husband serving officers, Sarah Jane has always cared deeply...

Duration:00:37:11

7: TONI WHITE: Men’s mental health advocate.

5/19/2019
Tony White is a freelance mental health consultant with 20 years experience of high functioning depression, anxiety and complex PTSD specialising in men’s and workplace mental health. Tony’s work centres around education and advocation of men’s mental health and vulnerability, mentoring and supporting men on a one-to-one level as well as talks and training on the topic using a direct but humorous approach offering realistic advice and solutions. She has been credited with changing peoples...

Duration:00:28:42

6: EWEN SIM: Part 2 A mindfulness meditation.

5/7/2019
In our last episode Ewen sim (@mindfulcop) explained his work involving mindfulness and what it is. Ewen has kindly returned to record a mindfulness mediation which lasts just under 20 minutes. So relax, unwind and let the moment take you. I do hope you enjoy it. Music by www.Premierbeat.com www.bensound.com

Duration:00:19:20

5: EWEN SIM: Part 1 The mindful cop

4/18/2019
Ewen Sim first discovered mindfulness whilst at university and it seemed a natural partner to his interest in Buddhism. Over the years he has taken additional training in yoga and hypnotherapy. In 2018 he was invited to the Houses of Parliament to take part in a Parliamentary committee looking at well-being and mindfulness in the armed and emergency services. He is also a busy response officer with Lancashire Constabulary and previously Greater Manchester police. He regularly takes...

Duration:00:26:13

4: WILL HOGAN Part 2: Steps to recovery and a brand new shed.

2/16/2019
In our last episode Detective Will Hogan describes his mental breakdown, his post traumatic stress diagnosis and the collapse of his shed. In this episode Will shares with us how he sought help, overcame stigma and like a broken bone (a topic he is also familiar with) became stronger as a result of his lived experience. He now as a result, has a strong beautiful shed. I began by asking Will about his first steps to recovery.

Duration:00:20:41

3: WILL HOGAN Part 1: A journey into PTSD and the collapse of a shed.

2/14/2019
A mental health episode , in the police at least, is affectionately known as a shed collapse. Detective Will Hogan attended an incident at the back end of 2009 that would cause HIS shed to well and truly collapse three years later. Such was the trauma he experienced, he tried to take his own life. In a two part podcast, Will describes the incident that lead to his breakdown. In the second episode Will describes his subsequent treatment and what organisations and indeed colleagues can do to...

Duration:00:24:05

2: IAN WHITEHEAD: The roles and pitfalls of the middle manager.

1/18/2019
Ian Whitehead is a career detective having spent the last 24 years in Lancashire Constabulary. His early career saw him on various squads tackling burglary and robbery before moving on to serious and organised crime. He has served in every rank up to chief inspector in both uniformed and detective roles. He was promoted to detective superintendent and in 2017 became the head of public protection, a role he feels very privileged to hold. He believes that poor performance is almost always a...

Duration:00:22:56

1: BLACKPOOL TRAGEDY 1983 - Police Officers lost at sea.

1/6/2019
At 1.48pm on Wednesday the 5th January 1983 the police control room at Blackpool broadcast a radio message that was to change the lives of many and would result in the loss of four human beings. Holiday maker Alistair Anthony was walking his Jack Russell dog along the lower walk when it went into the sea. He attempted a rescue but was washed away into a sea that has been described by many as some of the worst conditions they have ever seen. Blackpool police officers were quickly on the scene...

Duration:00:28:37

1: BLACKPOOL TRAGEDY 1983: Four people drowned.

1/6/2019
At 1.48pm on Wednesday the 5th January 1983 the police control room at Blackpool broadcast a radio message that was to change the lives of many and would result in the loss of four human beings. Holiday maker Alistair Anthony was walking his Jack Russell dog along the lower walk when it went into the sea. He attempted a rescue but was washed away into a sea that has been described by many as some of the worst conditions they have ever seen. Blackpool police officers were quickly on the scene...

Duration:00:28:37

10: ARMISTICE: Lest we forget

11/22/2018
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, the end of the war. Join us at War Memorial 565 in Blackpool as we experience this years remembrance service and some of views of those who were there.

Duration:00:10:03

9: DAVE THOMAS: My own adverse childhood experience.

10/10/2018
Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day. After doing a series of podcasts with ex offenders I promised that I would share my own childhood experiences. Fairly boring but no less impactful on me and that is the point. You don’t have to be the victim of a traumatic event to traumatised. The podcast does not come from a point of expertise but one of experience. In hindsight, dealing with victims of crime and the bereaved was part of my journey to make sense of my own life through the...

Duration:00:11:02

8: FIONA MEECHAN: Compassion at work

9/20/2018
[Compassion at Work Toolkit](https://oscarkilo.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Compassion-at-Work-Toolkit-FINAL-5-December-2017.pdf) Fiona Meechan’s current role is Lecturer in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Alliance Manchester Business School, where she delivers an MSc in Healthcare Leadership for people working in a wide range of senior clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS. Previous roles include: Director of Customers and Communities at Rossendale Borough Council,...

Duration:00:32:13