While serving as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Service I acted as a whistleblower and sparked a parliamentary inquiry into the national recording of police crime figures.
The shorthand is that the police were hiding thousands of crimes, including rapes and robberies, and had been doing so for years in order to make the crime rates look better.
Parliament concluded in the final report that:
“This inquiry was prompted by the concerns expressed by PC James Patrick, a serving officer in the Metropolitan Police…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…We are grateful to PC James Patrick, a serving police officer, for his courage in coming forward to voice his concerns…there are some wider lessons to be learnt from PC Patrick’s experiences…We have grave doubts that the Metropolitan Police Service has treated PC Patrick fairly or with respect and care…”
You can read my written evidence submissions and the transcript of my session of direct questioning in the Houses of Parliament here:
You can also find out a little more about the subsequent discussions around me in the parliamentary Hansard records, where I’m mentioned no less than fifteen times.