James Patrick is an intelligence specialist who served as a police officer for a decade. On leaving Scotland Yard he was commended by the British Parliament. He now focuses on threat mitigation and intelligence analysis, specialising in the digital and information landscapes.
James served as a police officer from May 2004 to October 2009 in the Derbyshire Constabulary, where he qualified as a Sergeant under the OSPRE Part 1 and 2 examination regime. During this time he was commended for his work as an intelligence officer.
In October 2009 he transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in London and received three commendations in September 2010 for bravery in apprehending an armed suspect, leadership and fortitude at the scene of a fatal fire, and bravery at a life-threatening incident.
In 2012 he was recruited by the Assistant Commissioner to work on a new strategic department following his presentation of a predictive policing model and enhanced intelligence briefing system.
During his time as a specialist analyst for Scotland Yard he discovered the mass under-recording of serious sexual offences and serious acquisitive crime. He eventually acted as a whistleblower, sparking a Select Committee inquiry by the British Parliament which exposed thirty years of crime figure manipulation across the country. As a result, the way crime is recorded and investigated in England and Wales was permanently changed and government-imposed targets were abolished.
The Committee’s final report commended James before Parliament, stating: “We are indebted to PC Patrick for his courage in speaking out, in fulfilment of his duty to the highest standards of public service, despite intense pressures to the contrary.” He retired from the force in 2014 after the inquiry concluded and the Home Secretary made a commitment to revise the treatment of whistleblowers in policing.
James has consulted on a number of crime-related issues, notably working with a Mexican NGO in 2016 to review manipulation of recorded homicide and serious violent crime rates across the country’s states.
He is now the director of a company providing specialist analytical and intelligence products and services, working with clients globally to combat disinformation, extremism, and political interference through the manipulation of public discourse and human behaviour.
He has particular expertise in interpreting data patterns or anomalies, and in identifying investigative opportunities in both complex and incomplete evidential scenarios.
James runs a number of public benefit projects.