We’ve had a number of people contact us to ask whether @InspGadgetBlogs is the real deal.
It is he (or she).
Here’s a brief statement, for want of a better word:
I stopped blogging because I thought I had said enough. It was that simple. I wasn’t found out, nobody identified me, or even came close.
I was getting bored with saying the same stuff.
Plus, I had 13 million hits, regularly had 1,000 comments on each post, and it was becoming a monster.
I am back on Twitter because I can’t stand by and see issues like the media bias in Plebgate coverage, all the damage done by ‘cuts’ (which in some cases are actually costing more money, not less), and the continued and I think largely unanswered criticism of the police every day, with no attempt at context etc.
Some of the people leading the charge against the police are themselves people who have been disgraced or proven to be liars in the past; yet nobody challenges their narrative.
Whether people liked it or not, Inspector Gadget was a reasonably influential and uncensored voice for frontline policing.
This was largely because the newspapers reported the blog posts.
I was only writing what most cops were thinking. I think this needs doing again.
Twitter is easier and faster, and I won’t be blogging again.
Maybe nobody will read my stuff ever again; I don’t have a problem with that.
My strongly-held position is this: I am a police officer who does my absolute best to fight crime, protect the law-abiding and support the other emergency services and NHS.
I adhere strictly to the law and I work hard to make sure my team has a successful and respectful relationship with the law-abiding public.
I understand the concept of vocation and public service; however, I am also a citizen in my own right, a voter, a tax-payer, a veteran, and a married parent.
This means that I believe I have the right to hold views about how the country is run, and to air those views.
I am still on the frontline, still in uniform working shifts with my team, and still in Ruralshire.
He (or she) may do media interviews; if you’re a journo and you’re interested, drop us a line.