About The Year Ahead:
Last year was about beginnings - I joined Byline and made the transition from retired police officer and whistleblower to full time writer and analyst. But mostly it was about fresh starts in the personal sense. This year has been about vindication and transformation, leading from Alternative War to Bedsit Genius, a fresh and innovative production company.
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What's Gone Before:
This column is the home of one-off articles and in-depth investigations. By supporting this column, you supported crucial work such as the recent #skada and #snowman series which culminated in the book Alternative War - which is being followed up in the near future by new book, The Fall.
Between 2004 and 2014 I served as a police officer with the Derbyshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police Service in the United Kingdom. I retired in 2014 after giving evidence in a parliamentary inquiry.
In 2013 I acted as a whistleblower in the course of my duties, giving evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee on the manipulation of crime figures by the police. The final report of the committee said of me: “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.” I have also acted as a freelance specialist consultant on crime data analysis with an NGO in Mexico.
I am now a freelance journalist and member of the National Union of Journalists. My primary publication platform is Byline, an independent news website based in the United Kingdom. This is a non-partisan publication which holds no editorial input or sway over my work. I am also signed up to the Impress regulations. My funding comes direct from the public and is unaffiliated to advertising of any kind.