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Who am I?

Don’t expect me to identify myself – I’m keeping myself out of the public eye until I get a decent advance for a book. It’s worked for others!

What I will tell you is that I’m currently a patrol sergeant in a large police force in the middle of England. No prizes for guessing which one. That’s as much as you’ll get on that score.

I’m married to my wife, I’m a father to my children and I do have some spare time. What I do with it is my business.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2008 21:57

    Stan. How do you find out the visits from the IPCC of other unmentionables ? Could you email me on


  2. 2008jogle permalink
    February 13, 2008 21:05

    Hi mate,

    A blatant plug request, I am doing a charity ride this year, details at

    Would appreciate any advertising, help (or advice on blogging!)



  3. Turnstar permalink
    November 6, 2008 10:37

    All this self-pitying whining really decreases my respect for the police – if you don’t want to do the job, get another one.

    • David Redfern permalink
      May 4, 2010 08:55

      Turnstar, you are a moron. I did leave the Police after 11 years service in 1987, it was bad enough then, and am witness to a steadily deteriorating service that needs to be exposed by people from the inside. Thankfully the internet lends a certain level of anonymity that never existed when I was in the job.

      The fact is the cops that are in the job now and raise their legitimate concerns are to be admired and not maligned by people like you.

  4. January 14, 2009 03:48

    Subject: Help requested


    I work for a small national kids charity: web site:

    We’ve been active in child protection over some years, and we are increasingly concerned at people such as the ‘spiked’ set up who run down CRB and the new Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act.

    Their line is that so much checking is over-reaction, nanny state etc. Our view is that such checks help protect kids by helping to weed out those that are known.

    We cite the case of David Lawrence, known to the Avon and Somerset force, who was a junior soccer ref and coach and known to them over many years for a string of complaints etc. Eventually in the late 90s he was finally prosecuted, 12 specimen charges, 3 withdrawn, convicted on nine, came out of jail November 2002 and by March 2003 in another junior league which was not accessing CRB checks at that time. (We came across him as we took part in a Home Office pilot which undertook police checks for voluntary groups – VOCS – so we were asked by the first league to run check on him in 1997 along with 49 other ref/coaches and he came up as ‘soft intel’ so the league removed him from access a full 18 months before he was finally arrested after years of police concern, which they had until VOCS been unable to share.)

    My query is this. Serial paedophiles like Lawrence operate over many years – in fact he was put away again for further offences which came to light, from the Isle of Man in 1975, so he was active over 22 years at least. Lawrence was charged with 12, sentenced for 9. But what I am asking is, does anyone have any idea how many kids such people may involve and abuse. I would hazard an educated guess that Lawrence abused FAR more than have ever come to light. Those who saw the C4 doc ‘Chosen’ recently may see how and why this happens, a very brave set of people to tell it now.

    I will guarantee that no names or towns/forces will be revealed, and if anyone wants to send a ‘blind’ email which I cannot trace, fine. I don’t want names of offenders but “X was convicted for 7 but we are sure he involved at least … number of kids over xxx years”

    The end result – an article to be released to counter these idiots.

    ANY help, including passing this mail on, very welcome.


    Jan Cosgrove [mr]
    National Secretary

  5. May 13, 2009 20:38


    We just launched our new PoliceOne Blog Directory and we would like to feature your blog on it! We would first like to know if you would want to display our RSS feeds or do link exchange. I think that PoliceOne’s News feeds and widget would work really well on your site. Both of these choices will provide you with up-to-the-minute law enforcement news and crime information. Please let me know if you are interested. I hope to hear back from you soon so we can add you to our blog directory.

    Here is the RSS feed to the PoliceOne’s News:

    We also have a News Widget code that can easily be displayed on your site. Here is an example of a fellow blogger who has used the News Widget:


    Darcy Carroll

  6. October 13, 2009 11:19

    Hi there, I have something I think you will be interested in including a review opportunity. Do you have an email address I can contact you on.

    Many Thanks


  7. October 13, 2009 15:46


    we will respect confidentiality, restrictions on names etc – I can be reached on 0845 478 6365 also.

    Or I will be standing at WH Smith’s near platform 7 wearing a brown trilby and carrying a copy of ….

    Yes anything of interest please feel free to contact me.

    Good wishes


  8. May 4, 2010 14:02

    We can now be reached on 0845-478 6365 , 07966-988840 and Skype=Jan.Cosgrove

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