The British public is simply enamored with police blogs. I have a few listed on my blogroll to the right. Being the natural investigator that I am, I started reading them. It turns out the reason is quite simple:
Their blogs are outstanding! Cop Blogs fall into one of two categories. A few are “official,” such as this LAPD blog and this one by the Chicago Police. The rest are “unofficial.” That is usually a nice way of saying that they exist to bitch and moan about their jobs. Believe me, if police officers didn’t have something to complain about, we would complain about that.
The problem in this country has been that police management is often so overbearing that the author knows their career is in danger if they speak up (this New York cop lost his job.) Hence my efforts to remain anonymous.
Anyhow, I found this outstanding British blog. It gets thousands of hits, and it is easy to see why. The British service is a bit different than ours, however to some degree cops are cops. I spoke to a few civilians who agreed that the key to a police blog is that it should open the window to a world the reader doesn’t completely understand. Many people are interested or fascinated with police work, but few ever get to hear the real deal. I commend inspector gadget for making this possible for his British public.
I hope as the Philosophical Cop develops, I can offer you the type of access that the Inspector’s readers enjoy.