With Police Spit Hood Trial Expansion, Democracy Dies in Darkness

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that the Metropolitan Police has expanded its police spit hood trial to include all custody suites across London. Spit hoods, or, as “The Met” likes to call them, “spit guards”, are made of nylon mesh with a plastic reinforced panel at the front. They are placed… Read more »

3 Urgent Changes Needed After Police Counter-Terrorism Raid

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor A while ago I asked if Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, would uphold Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing. The Peel Principles underpin the police’s Code of Ethics, which include the requirement to “be diligent in the exercise of my duties and responsibilities” (Standard 6). After the recent… Read more »

Will Cressida Dick Uphold Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing?

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor This week Cressida Dick, CBE QPM was appointed as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the overall leader of the Metropolitan Police Service. Dick, 56, is the first woman to hold the role, having previously served “the Met” as head of counter-terrorism, among other roles, before moving to her current job in… Read more »

Why the Police Should Change Their Body Camera Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Yesterday the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they will trial the use of body camera technology with 500 front line officers based in 10 London boroughs, starting with Camden. This follows successful trials of the equipment, which records what the officer sees and hears, in Devon & Cornwall and Bedfordshire. If successful,… Read more »

Metropolitan Police Joke Is On You

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Q: How many Metropolitan Police officers does it take to change a lightbulb? A: None. They pay someone else to do it at £100 a time. Sadly, this is not a joke. According to this report in The Telegraph,  the Metropolitan Police (‘the Met’) has agreed to pay Interserve PLC, a… Read more »