Category Archives: Police

Articles about the police – usually Greater Manchester Police

OpConsiderate online submission – analysis of 47 cases.

Introduction I have been involved with Operation Considerate for a very long time – since before its inception by Insp Paul Rowe and his team – and was actively involved in helping to get the online submission service off the … Continue reading

Operation Considerate: More feedback is needed.

The Black Hole Something that has concerned me for a long time about the Operation Considerate reporting process is that, a lot of the time, it feels like something of a black hole: lots of stuff going in, but very … Continue reading

A second successful prosecution from Operation Considerate.

Back in January, I wrote an article about the first successful prosecution in court from an Operation Considerate online submission. Since that time, I have been very disappointed with the decisions of the Operation Considerate officers regarding cases that were … Continue reading

Does OpConsiderate need Bikeability training?

I have been a very strong advocate for Greater Manchester Police Traffic Division’s Operation Considerate online video submission process ever since the original team in the Serious Collision Investigation Unit started it just over a year ago. Traffic PCSOs Stephanie … Continue reading

Video evidence: why we need a wide field of view.

This is just a quick blog article prompted by my seeing a post from a twitter user who had a close pass video knocked back after submitting it to one of the police online submission programmes. The video is here. … Continue reading

GM Police online submission results in its first conviction.

On Friday, I attended the magistrate’s court as a witness in a trial for driving without due care and attention. This was the first case to come to court as a result of Greater Manchester Roads Policing Unit’s online submission … Continue reading

Close pass initiatives – setting the standards.

A lot of articles in the past, including many of my own, have been quite disparaging about the way the police handled – or rather didn’t handle – incidents such as close passing and tailgating of cyclists, as well as … Continue reading

Concerning video evidence of close passes.

Many police forces are now accepting online submission of reports from cyclists (and motorists) of bad driving – particularly close passes – with video evidence. Although there have been online reporting systems for some time, such as the Metropolitan Police’s … Continue reading

Police action – the next step.

Back in March, I wrote an article about the work that the Traffic Division of Greater Manchester Police were/are doing to address the problem of dangerous driving around vulnerable road users such as cyclists. I mentioned in there that the … Continue reading

Greater Manchester Police Action Starts Today

I have been extremely critical of Greater Manchester Police in this blog ever since I started it, as you can see from this set of articles. However, today is the start of a new dawn (to steal a phrase from … Continue reading

What expertise do Greater Manchester police divisions need?

Well, probably lots of things, but I’m referring specifically here to cyclists’ reports about dangerous motorists. After I posted my last article, a discussion ensued, in response to a comment from a Twitter user, in which GMP Traffic division participated. … Continue reading

Yet more police inaction – time for another formal compaint.

This post follows on from one that I did on 29th November in which I wrote about four recent cases in which I felt the Greater Manchester Police failed to address dangerous and aggressive actions of drivers. I’m writing this one to … Continue reading

A shameful lack of interest from Greater Manchester Police

There has been a lot of praise in recent months for the actions of the Traffic Division of West Midlands Police in dealing with driving that puts people on cycles at risk. The initiative, know as Operation Close Pass, is particularly … Continue reading

The vicious circle

(Caveat: I Am Not A Lawyer) We see time after time failures of justice at all levels when it comes to dealing with incidents that happen on our roads. We have a poisonous road culture and a uncaring society when … Continue reading

Yet another GM Police failure.

I have to say that I am absolutely stunned by the Bolton police response to this one. Here is the video: I made detailed calculations of the relevant information from the video and wrote up a statement, which I handed … Continue reading

GM Police Complaint – part 2: local resolution

This short article is an update on the progress of my police complaint, which I first reported in this article. Two weeks after I posted my complaint to the Professional Standards Branch of Greater Manchester Police, I was informed that … Continue reading

More weird GM Police arguments.

I had occasion to report another incident to the Police last Friday. I may blog about that in due course, but this post is just about the conversation I had with the police officer who dealt with the case when … Continue reading

Greater Manchester Police – Time to Act!

OK, this is getting ridiculous now. I wasn’t intending to turn my police complaint into an open letter,  but recent events convince me that it’s well past time to get serious about this. Back in February, I wrote about police … Continue reading

GM Police Again Refuse to Deal With Aggressive Drivers – Episode 2

A week days ago, I posted an article about the Greater Manchester Police Force’s refusal to deal with driving that is deliberately dangerous or intimidating. It happens that I was also, whilst writing that, reporting another incident in which a … Continue reading

GM Police still refusing to deal with aggressive drivers.

Last week, I had occasion to report two different instances of aggressive driving – road rage, in fact. The two incidents are shown in the following videos (I will refer to them by the registration numbers of the vehicles involved): … Continue reading

Do the police normalize dangerously bad driving?

I have thought for a while about writing something about this issue, but time never seems to be on my side. However, I have had a number of experiences and encounters this week that have prompted me to set something … Continue reading

Do the police have an ingrained prejudice against cyclists?

UPDATE: There is a follow up article here. This post primarily looks at an incident that happened to me recently and the police response to that. However, I was prompted to make this blog post about it when I saw … Continue reading