Kind Words

So, as my blog has been syndicated on Gizmodo UK for a while, I’ve had a load of fantastic feedback from people. Because I sometimes need a reminder for why I’m spending so much time writing all of this; here’s a collection of the loveliness:

On This post:

“Awesome story, and close to my heart having been in a frighteningly similar situation a month or so ago”

“I agree with everyone else here, an amazing story and an interesting insight in to you working life (blog has been bookmarked).”

On This Post:

“Sensational”

“engaging stuff, I’m sure there are a lot of boring bits to being a policeman too but these articles are great nice work Giz”

“One of the most riveting articles on gizmodo for a long, long time.”

“A brilliant idea and I hope to keep reading this series for some time”

“A great read, these types of insight into policing really help ‘bring it home’ that inside that uniform they are men and women like the rest of us”

“I didn’t plan on actually reading this, the snippet on the front page just caught my eye but I couldn’t stop. Incredibly well written!”

“Chilling. I too felt that shiver.”

On This Post:

“This is golden – keep the articles coming Matt. Best thing I’ve read all week.”

On This Post:

“This series is priceless, keep it up”

“This is possibly my favourite thing about the UK giz. Another great read to help me get through Friday afternoon at work, thanks!”

“You’re all doing stirling work Matt and your blog posts offer the rest of us a glimpse into your world. Keep it up!”

On This Post:

“Every one of these pieces is great. Thanks to Matt for showing the Police in such a good light. You don’t have the easiest job and get a disproportionate amount of crap press and rarely any good.”

“Another great piece of writing. Great article. You’ve got the beginnings of a great book here.”

On This Post:

“Cracking article yet again Matt – really enjoying this series”

“(…) another thoroughly enjoyable read”

“I’m absolutely enthralled by this series, really adds a level of perspective as to what a demanding job being on the force can be”

“This blog is fantastic. Im a serving police officer (not with the MET) and it all resonates very closely with my own everyday experiences”

On This Post:

“Amazing. Thanks for the time taken to write these. Enlightening”

On This Post:

“another excellent column”

“Absolutely incredible read Matt! Really enjoying these series of posts”

“Matt, seriously some of the best reading on this here site. Sheepishly addicted to the inside scoops that you serve up every week. Keep up the excellent work!”

On This Post:

“A heart racing , head pounding, adrenaline junky story there, Matt. Loved it!”

“Another great one. The whole lot should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever called the Police “pigs”, I think”

On This Post:

“Matt, have you ever thought of publishing these in a book?”

On This Post:

“Awesome, I love these notes, I can read these all day!”

“An excellent column this week; this has become my favourite highlight of a Friday lunchtime. I’m sure you’ve got plenty more, so keep them coming and I’ll keep reading”

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2 responses to “Kind Words

  1. “making my blood boil.”

    I’m certain without doubt that you receive a fairly substantial amount of praise for the work you do on your blog / column but it occurs to me that the actual reality of a police officer is that of a rather thankless role in society.
    Your response to a readers recent feedback is a perfect example of the indignation and judgemental nature of what you must receive on a daily basis. I can entirely understand your need, as opposed to desire, to respond personally to the gentleman in question.
    There will always be differing opinions on every scenario from how to assess a suspect, what risks are deemed “acceptable” and how best to brew a cup of tea. The thing we often forget as MOPs is the perspective of an officer of the law faced with a single and simple fact at the start of every shift; that you might not come home to your family at the end of it.
    The British public has shown time and time again our contradictory love of heroes, we idealise war while simultaneously deploring it, yet we portray police as corrupt and mindless automatons in film and television or loveable renegades whose use of brutality and heavy handed tactics we applaud in the name of entertainment. We are a judgemental people, quick to join the proverbial band wagon and verbally attack any deemed “wrong”, “abuse of power”, “miscarriage of justice” committed by the authorities of the land, be they any member of public service.
    Through all this we MOPs are steadfast and vehemently passionate about one thing; never to accept any responsibility for society upon our shoulders as individuals.
    There is a reason why you do your job, why you risk yourself for our safety every day. A part of that reason, a segment of the hope and faith in the people of this country was embodied fully by one person in your recent controversial blog; Hakeem himself.
    It surprised me at first that in your response you neglected to mention how you took the time to explain Hakeem’s situation to him, the reason for your and your colleagues conduct and the reason for the use of forcible restraint. Neglected to mention Hakeem’s change in demeanour as his eyes were opened to a world viewed from a police perspective. It surprised me at first that you failed to mention this, but then I realised that your reader’s comments of outrage and righteousness were not about Hakeem, nor were they really about you as an individual, they were about him and his views on the entire police institution.
    Do we attack soldiers for the deaths of civilians in war? Do we harangue and persecute them in the court of public opinion? No, we go for the jugular of the governmental superiors instead. Many members of the armed forces are worthy of being named “hero” but it is you who fight a much more complex war here at home, the war against ourselves.
    You work to protect us from the very worst in our natures and if it wasn’t for our conduct as individuals we wouldn’t need a police force at all. I for one thank you sir, and I name you hero.

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