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2014 – Painful Endings & New Beginnings

Its really hard writing this as death is a very private thing for many people but I feel compelled to pay a tribute to my Mum and Dad who have helped shape my life and values in countless ways. I am very used to dealing with death in my police career but the s… More

2013 University of West London Lecture – Confronting Political Control of the Police

2013 University of West London Lecture Research See link above for research source material used for lecture delivered on 13th November 2013 before a public audience of 150 people For lecture marketing see PublicLectureSeries_JamesTHCooke … More

Short List Magazine Article – Growing UK Gang Use of Stun Guns

Today a long article was published in the Short List magazine about the growing use of stun guns on the streets of the UK. This included an interview with me about some of the importation problems of interception and controlling the source countries of supply.… More

Press Release – 2013 University of West London Lecture

Extract from Speech Public Lecture to be given by James T H. Cooke Confronting Political Control of the Police: A fast changing landscape with operational consequences James Cooke served for 33 years with Scotland Yard retiring as a Chief Inspector in 2009. He… More

The Essence of Leadership – Interviews by Rasheed Ogunlaru

Recently I had the honour and pleasure of working with the talented coach and motivational speaker Rasheed Ogunlaru. He is a former PR/Marketing Executive who left his career to find his true vocation in helping others discover what they really wanted from the… More

2013 Public Lecture University of West London – Confronting Political Control of the Police “A fast changing Landscape with Operational Consequences”

  On Wednesday 13th November I will be delivering the 2013 Public Lecture for The University of West London. The topic is highly controversial and topical as I will be discussing the rapidly changing context in which independent policing is threatened by… More

Book Launch – My Story of “Making Things Happen” at Scotland Yard 1976-2009

On 27th November 2012 after 12 months hard work of researching and reflecting on a career spanning 33 years I launched my first ever book at Scotland Yard. I was joined by over 80 friends and former colleagues, many of whom I had not seen for 30 years or more.… More

Confronting Political Control of the Police

I have just retired after a 33 year career at Scotland Yard. In the last 10 years I have watched with increasing concern and anger the slow motion demolition of the age old constitutional independence of policing in the UK. When I joined in 1976 I was taught a… More

Back from Beyond

Just returned from long distance walking expedition on the West Highland trail between Glasgow and Fort William in Scotland. Trail very rough so footsore and I gave a free blood transfusion service to the notorious local midge population. Slept out on Oak wood… More

Hawk on my Soho Window Ledge

Unbelievable. Got up at 4.30am to find a fine Sparrow Hawk sitting on my window sill in central London. I don’t know who was more surprised me or him seeing me in just my pyjama bottoms. He flew off. I thought I could hear the mewing screech of a bird of… More

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