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I can still vividly remember the first session of my first day’s training as a special constable with Thames Valley Police.

The sergeant that was our trainer didn’t cover any points of law, didn’t teach us how to wear our uniform, use our radio, caution a suspect, nor how to arrest and handcuff them. He took us painstakingly through the 1999 MacPherson Report that followed the murder in 1993 of Stephen Lawrence. It was clear how seriously the police took the findings and we were left in absolutely no doubt about are responsibilities as warranted officers. The police won’t claim perfection in ...

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