Police Research Summary


stop and search calculator

This is an interesting calculator.. click on the link below  – put your own age and location in, and compare yourself to other age and ethnic groups           http://marcellison.com/bbc/ss2014/sscalc.html

Learning Journey

We decided that the best way for people to experience our report on this project was in the form of a visit to the police station. As Susan and I had been doing installations in the Muster Room, we looked at how we could create our own ‘muster’ where the visitors would be ‘briefed’. I Read more

Entry 16 – Young Detectives – The End

(image from http://artofthewire.tumblr.com) The story of the Young Detectives is over. Or is it? The purpose of the Young Detective blog updates was to bring to you, the reader, a picture of life for the residents of Govan. Key here is that “residents” refers to everyone included in the story, police and civilian, young and Read more

A man walking on a beach after a huge storm discovers a young boy carefully, gently, and one by one, returning stranded starfish to the sea. There are hundreds of thousands of stranded starfish. The boy lifts a single starfish, walks with it gingerly to the shoreline and lovingly releases it into the water. "What are you doing?" the man asks the boy "I'm rescuing the starfish" is the reply "But there are tens of thousands of them!” exclaims the man “you'll never make a difference here! You're completely wasting your time" The boy gazes at the man in silence. With a sigh, he carefully picks up a single starfish, walks to the shore line, releases it into the waves and returns to the man. "I know I made a difference to that starfish" he says firmly, before returning to his task.

Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke


Entry 15 – Young Detectives – The Govan Fair

6 June 2014 – 5PM Elder Park is full. The people are packed in so densely it’s become difficult to see the grass under their feet. The different sounds of the rides, the pounding music and people screaming combines with the talking of the crowd to create a blanket of noise enveloping everything. From outside Read more

Entry 14 – Young Detectives – Preparation

6 June 2014 On the morning of the Fair the skies over Govan and beyond were an unbroken ocean of dreamy paradise. No ominous clouds loomed over the horizon, no rain was forecast. The slightest breeze hung in the air, seemingly waiting for the moment when people were just beginning to feel the effect of Read more

Entry 13 – Young Detectives – Donna’s Despair

5 June 2014 The early days of summer heat were gone, replaced with torrential rain. The whole day had seen rain so heavy it had pooled on the roads and pavements before it could reach the drains. The few people who had been brave enough to go out had led dances on their tiptoes looking Read more

Stop and Search update – The Herald

“Stop and search’ halved after policy put under microscope” Paul Hutcheon – Investigations Editor, The Herald – Wednesday 26 November 2014 STOP and search operations by Police Scotland have almost halved across the country following unprecedented scrutiny of the controversial policy. In Greater Glasgow alone, the number of frisks dropped by around 70 per cent in August Read more

Entry 12 – Young Detectives – Brotherly Love

4 June 2014 “Haw big man!” Phil sniggered as Andy jumped and tried to hide it, looking around for the source of the shout. “How ye been Johnno, just the man I wanted tae see.” Two men were gesticulating with each other on either side of Langlands Road. “I’m just gaun alang there,” said the Read more

Muster Room interventions

The muster room is used at the beginning and end of each shift, Susan and Kathleen interact with the space.

Installation Location

Susan, Inspector Haynes and Kathleen tour the station looking for places where ‘art could be present’ . The theme of my work is acknowledgement, so I started to flag up my theme with ‘Wanted (and needed) Posters’ around the station. I called for repeated  acts of courtesy, kindness, good service and helpfulness to be reported. Read more

Acknowledgment Booth results

These are the top ten qualities that Police Officers in Govan would like to be acknowledged for.  The Booth appeared in the canteen during lunch breaks. 59 people took part over the 5 shifts. I am not sure what I expected to be in the top ten, but I was surprised that  ‘caring’ and ‘fun’ Read more

Entry 11 – Young Detectives – Jean Alone

3 June 2014 The bus rattled as it pulled up across from the station. Jean pulled herself up from her seat and clung onto the poles as she made her way to the door. Thanking the driver she stepped off carefully, grateful to have her feet on solid ground again. Another old woman followed her Read more

Entry 10 – Young Detectives – Phil & Andy

3 June 2014 “Sirens, go.” Andy hit the button on the console as Phil stamped his foot on the floor. The roaring engine competed with the wailing siren. Rubber squealed as the car accelerated down Helen Street. Andy replied to the radio. “Car 4K responding en route, will advise when on scene, over.” Andy was Read more

Acknowledgment Booth – Shift 2

12 officers participated (4 community officers, 6 response officers, 2 DPT typists) 2 were ‘fugitives from acknowledgment’ (4 other people had done it previously) 10 people nominated a friend or family for a medal –  2 people nominated a work colleague. There were quite a lot of younger officers in this group. Over the period of Read more

Acknowledgment Booth – Shift 3

12 officers participated (6 community officers, 6 response officers) 2 were ‘fugitives from acknowledgment’ (5 other people had done it previously) 7 people nominated their friend or family for a medal –  5 people nominated other family members. One of the fugitives from acknowledgment was nominated by a colleague, but he still refused to receive a Read more

Aknowledgement Booth – Shift 1

9 officers participated (3 community officers, 6 response officers) 0 were ‘fugitives from acknowledgment’ (some people had done it previously) 5 people nominated their wife for a medal –  4 people nominated other family members. This was a quiet and thoughtful group, very acknowledging of their wife/family members. They had less trouble nominating themselves for a Read more

Entry 9 – Young Detectives – The Crew Meets

3 June 2014 Darryl sauntered along Langlands Road heading back to the park. The sun was still high as the evening was just beginning. He was alone on the pavement as cars and the occasional bus blew past him. He threw a finger up at a large black saloon that beeped as it sped past Read more

Entry 8 – Young Detectives – Ryan

2 June 2014 The initial hum of Ryan’s saloon gave way to a confident growl as he cruised along the road. The streets were largely clear, what few school children there had been running around excitedly had all dispersed by now. Looking at the cool grey pavements Ryan thought they looked almost clean, as if Read more

Entry 7 – Young Detectives – Donna

2 June 2014 “Em hello,” “Aye come on what, I’ve no’ got all day.” “Four sausage rolls and two coffees please.” Donna picked out the rolls and slipped them into a bag. The police officer made a motion as if to correct her that she saw out the corner of her eye as she turned Read more

Entry 6 – Young Detectives – Andy

2 June 2014 Monday morning. Phil woke late and was in a rush the whole time as he made his way in to Helen Street to pick up his new partner. Such was his rush that he was late for the star of their official induction ceremony and had to wait outside to be called Read more

Entry 5 – Young Detectives – Phil

1 June 2014 “Hello miss.” “Miss?” she said indignantly. “Pack that in. There’s nobody here you need to impress.” He looked sheepish. “Hi mum. Are you okay? Have you been to church?” “Aye, that’s me on my way back now. Here, when I left and was on my way this wee boy ran into me, Read more

Entry 4 – Young Detectives – Jeanie

1 June 2014 “What are you doing? Watch yourself!” her voice trailed off as the boy in the tracksuit sloped off with barely a look to see what he’d done. She shook her head and threw out a hand as he went further down the street. She hobbles off still shaking her head and muttering Read more

Acknowledgement Booth – Shift 5

12 officers and 1 support staff participated (8 community officers, 3 response officers, 1 cleaner) 3 were ‘fugitives from acknowledgment’ – reasons “its not part of the job”   “Everybody seems too keen to share about themselves..” 6 people nominated a relative for a medal – 6 people nominated colleagues This was quite a boisterous Read more

Entry 3 – Young Detectives – Darryl

1 June 2014 The streets of Govan are quiet. Sunday. A still day which holds some of the promise of the coming summer but which is still reminiscent of the spring not yet gone, a chill breeze belying the streaming sun in a cloudless sky. In Elder Park the preparations for the Govan Fair can Read more

Entry 2 – Young Detectives – Introducing the Characters

Over the course of the Young Detectives updates various Govan ‘characters’ will be featured to give a cross-section of society and show the effect of the We Are Listening project on the police and their standing in the community. The major players of the Young Detective story are laid out here, get to know them now Read more

Entry 1 – Introducing the Young Detectives

As part of the We Are Listening project the Young Detectives will be bringing a series of updates about the Police in the community in Govan. The purpose of the YD blog updates will be to showcase the development of the Police becoming a more prominent and interactive feature of the community through engagement with Read more

Acknowledgment Booth – Shift 4

I arrived with all my stuff to run the Booth, set up in the canteen and waited for the shift to take their lunch break or ‘Piece’ as they call it. I had the same experience as anyone arriving in the canteen at a new job.. it is not that easy to join an established Read more

IMPARTIALITY is a key part of fairness. Being impartial doesn’t mean having no bias - rather is means knowing what those biases are, striving to set them aside and requesting outside perspectives as needed. While inspired by the ideal of JUSTICE, fairness is not sameness or always following the letter of the law. Fairness makes room for us to generate solutions and compromises based on reason and circumstance.


Susan, Inspector Haynes and I were discussing the oath that policemen swear when they join the force. I was interested in the difference between fairness and impartiality…both words appear in the oath. This definition seems to leave quite a lot of room for independent and creative thought in policing.  

FAIRNESS means treating people equitably, without bias or partiality. It means actively working to set aside self-interest or group loyalty when rendering a judgment. In day to day life, fairness manifests itself in simple ways such as taking turns, listening intently, sharing and not taking advantage of others based on their weaknesses.


  Susan, Inspector Haynes and I were discussing the oath that policemen swear when they join the force. I was interested in the difference between fairness and impartiality…both words appear in the oath.  

Muster room intervention

Susan and I have been given permission to stage interventions on the boards in the muster room, our first act was to ask for the ‘dead corner’ to be cleared. Now that this has been done, watch this space… (smiley face not added by us!)

Chain of Command

We have a contact constable to facilitate station access.. and have been given the freedom of the station, but when ‘our’ chief inspector is away for any reason, not everybody knows this. So Susan and I are visiting 3 ‘musters’ next week to meet the whole team.

Workforce Development Day

Artists and Police officer Ashley Robinson attended a public sector innovation initiative in Glasgow on the 12th September 2014. At the invitation of organiser Nick Wilding, the event was conducted on the Open Space format which allowed all participants to “leave their hats at the door”. In other words, we were able to discuss the Read more

Govan Fair 2014: a short film
Govan Fair – a short film

The film captures the atmosphere: fun, safe, exciting and enjoyable – a real family fun day out. The Govan Fair 2014 was very special. Thanks to all the team at Helen Street Police Station for all their hard work and partnership. We held hands and worked together to make it a huge success for Govan Read more

Communities within the Community

Each artist has focused on particular demographics – benchmarking and monitoring progress with Police/Community relationships as the project progressed. Liz Gardiner has focussed on the Showpeople of Govan READ MORE…..

Introducing Our Young Detectives

You will have noticed there is a section on this blog site called “Young Detectives” This is a group of 18 to 25 year old young people who have been working on the project supported by Fablevision Studios. Their role has been to support the research of the project: mainly through film, photography ad event Read more

Protecting Our Govan Fair Queen As She Accepts The Queen’s Baton

We have set an example – an exemplar for communities in the future

Sgt Barry Quigley, Police Debrief Meeting, 25th June 2014
Police Community Relations Survey
Police/Community relations survey

You can find an online version of our police survey below. Please help us out by filling it in! Police-Community Relations Survey As part of ongoing research in association with Police Scotland, we are seeking the views of local residents, visitors and event organisers regarding the social impact of the Govan Fair and its role Read more

Asset Based Approaches in Policing

Chief Inspector John Haynes inspired the We are Listening team in 2012 when he spoke at a public meeting about the proposed walkway from Water Row to the Govan Stones redisplay. From the back of the hall, a voice countered the clamour for CCTV, barbed wire and fencing: “What we need is animation: fun stuff Read more

Are we listening to officers?

This article in the Sunday Herald By Paul Hutcheon is interesting. “Police chiefs warn officers to step up stop and search” Surely the question to ask is.. Why aren’t officers doing enough ‘stop and search’ …. ? -Is it that they are too lazy and would rather sit in the office drinking coffee?  I doubt Read more

Govan Fair Association and Police Debrief meeting

4.30pm, Wednesday 25th June 2014 Helen Street Police Station.     The Chair of the Govan Fair Association opened the meeting with fulsome praise for the Police: for the way they handled the event, for their contribution to the preparation and for the journey we’ve been on together.     What went well From the Read more

Govan Fair was a tremendous success and while there were some misgivings expressed when it was first suggested to do things bigger and better this year the professional approach by the committee and close working with all partners including the police managed the risks identified to provide an event we can all be proud of. I have no doubt there will be suggestions at the debrief to help make next year even better and I would be keen that we keep the good practice already established so that we can have another excellent event next year. Regards, John Haynes Police Inspector G37

John Haynes Police Inspector

The Sheep’s Heid is Listening Too

Policing the Govan Fair

Getting some practice in…

Garry, a generous volunteer driver, and Susan get a feel for driving the ‘Earmobile’ and help get the bunting up for our first ‘gig’

Bus gets ears

Great to see our logo go from a sketch on an envelope to this…

I've not been to the Govan Fair for years. Went every year for 60 years but wouldn't take the weans now because of the trouble. Wouldn't go NEAR that park... pitched battles... OK not this year... OK not last year either.... is it really 10 years since the Fairground was in the Park?... maybe he'll bring them down this afternoon if it stays nice...

I’ve not been to the Govan Fair for years

WANTED …. (and needed)

If you got handed a flyer at Govan Fair and want to nominate someone – click on “Speak to Us” in the menu          

The Govan Fair falls on my days off so I won't be on the team coz I'm not on duty..... but... I'm thinking of bringing the family :-)

Days off

"Shaw Street - If you can solve that, you'll deserve a medal"

Officer comment

Officers highlight a local issue between youths and residents. If there is a medal involved.. I am up for it!

Govan Fair Meeting 27 May 2014

Liz Gardiner, Govan Fair Chairman – Jimmy Stringfellow and Chris O’Kane

Govan Fair meeting 27 May 2014

“Re-emphasising our commitment to the Public”  Officers discuss Parade logistics with the Govan Fair committee.          

"What a story we are telling here!"

Chief Inspector Tony Bone
Strategic Listening Group 1

Part of the structure of this project is to have “Strategic Listeners” listening to the local experience so that there will be a long term impact on policy making/relationships between the Police and local communities. The first of these Strategic Listening events took place in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 30th April 2014. Hosted by Read more

Strategic Listening – Update 1

List MSP Humza Yousaf hosted the first Strategic Listening event in the Scottish Parliament in April this year and requested an update on progress this week. We were delighted to welcome him to join us in Fablevision where he met with PC Ashley Robinson and his colleague who are chief “bloggers” within Helen Street Police Read more


Police Join Blog

I had a good meeting with two constables to show them how to blog on this site, they took to it like ducks to water – so watch this space..!

Thinking Police People – A personal response

Speaking with Ash yesterday morning, I realised that I have been as guilty as anyone else of seeing the “uniform” rather than the “person”. I’m quite shocked to realise that – I always had myself as an open, understanding, empathetic individual who relates well to people. Just goes to show… the uniform is useful – Read more

Govan Fair Committee Meeting: Wednesday 14th May 2014

Thanks to the two police officers who attended the Govan Fair Committee Meeting last night. Unfortunately no one took a note of your names… Can you let us know who you were please so that we can acknowledge you in person?. It was great to have your input and to hear you emphasise once again Read more

Listening Bus 1

My first go at driving the bus we have been loaned for the project.  Just getting out of the police car park was an education! Thanks to John Currie at Jobs & Business Glasgow for his calmness and patience. We start earnest on June 1st.  

Muster room 1

Muster Room 1

Chief Inspector John Haynes has given us permission to use the Muster Room. This where people are briefed and debriefed at each shift change.. (think Hill Street Blues, if you are old enough). I thought we should start by introducing ourselves…

Police Scotland: Year One
The Chief Constable comments on communication.

Follow the link above to a youtube video from Police Scotland. Policing in Scotland is on the move.

Joint Police and Community Warden Briefing Meeting (Thursday 1st May 2014)

Creating a team that works together as one Our first joint community and police warden’s briefing session for the Govan Fair took place on Thursday evening (1st May) in Helen Street’s board room We introduced ourselves, we shared our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the Govan Fair and we created a shared vision for how Read more

Govan Fair Committee Meeting, (Tuesday 8th April 2014)

Supporting the Govan Fair What an amazing meeting between representatives from Helen Street and the Govan Fair Association Committee. The history goes back over 10 years when gang fights closed the Fairground in Elder Park. Recriminations abounded on both sides: the community blamed the Police for not policing properly. The Police blamed the community for Read more