Peter Kirkham was born & bred on a farm in Cheshire. He travelled to London and basically never went back!
He joined the Metropolitan Police as a Special Constable whilst at university and joined as a Constable immediately after he finished his degree.
He served in the Metropolitan Police for over 21 years, both in uniform and CID at all ranks up to Detective Chief Inspector.
He spent five years on the Flying Squad,dealing with armed robbers in the early 1990s, followed by two years, as a uniformed Duty Officer at Brixton.
He was a Senior Investigating Officer for five years before leaving in 2002.
He has since worked as a Security Management & Policing Services Consultant doing a variety of things including many around the edges of policing.
He has trained police officers on various courses and still works as a Corporate Fraud Investigator.
Since 2010 he has become an increasingly outspoken critic of the cuts to policing, often appearing in the media to highlight the damage done, in his opinion by the then home secretary and later Prime Minister Theresa May.
Find out about the man, what makes him tick and his views on policing that had drawn both praise and criticism.
This interview was recorded on the 9th November 2019 prior to this years General Election and contains strong language.