Learning from the police (2 episodes)
and episode 2
This is the first of two episodes on the police. One on dealing with stress in ‘blue light’ professions, one on how to be creative in stressful environments.
Andy Rhodes is the Chief Constable of Lancashire – and has responsibility for the wellbeing initiative in the UK police force. He talks through the challenges of policing under pressure. What do you do to stop police profiling people they encounter? The answer starts with how you treat them at work. I think you’ll be inspired with the lead that Andy is taking.
To hear more about the evidence based approach to wellbeing in the police go to the Oscar Kilo website.
Following up the discussion with Andy Rhodes it’s a second episode about the police. My original plan was to edit both of them to get one episode about the profession but both were too good to chop up. So I want to flag that It’s kind of about work culture but also kind of just a brilliant chat with a fascinating person. Consider it as a box set with the other police episode. When it gets into its flow it covers dog shows, walking buses and all manner of brilliance.
Stevyn Colgan joined the police after a bet from his dad – which he explains. I was put on him by our last guest Andy Rhodes who told me about ways they used dog shows to reduce the tension on council estates. Rather than chop it down to just cover the way that Stevyn led innovation in the workplace I’ve just left it intact. He’s too interesting for me to butcher the chat.
Stevyn is the perfect example of a multi level life via his illustrations he became friends with Douglas Adams and ended up being a writer on the TV show QI. He wrote a book about his police problem solving unit work called One Step ahead. He’s actually just published a novel called a Murder to Die For.
I’m not gonna lie we spent ages one summer evening sitting in the pub garden of a Amersham pub. My intro is me reminding him about this podcast but the chat it provokes is quite interesting.