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ANNOUNCEMENT:

Policing Insight appoints a new Editor

Bernard Rix

Publisher Bernard Rix pays tribute to departing Editor Tina Orr Munro, who has played an important part in the development of Policing Insight, and announces the appointment of experienced journalist and regular contributor Keith Potter as Editor.

It falls upon me, as Policing Insight’s Publisher, to share some significant news with you, our Policing Insight readers.

At the end of this month, it’ll be time for me to thank a brilliant colleague of ours, Tina Orr Munro, for her superb contribution as Editor of Policing Insight. And to welcome another brilliant colleague, Keith Potter, as her replacement.

In Tina’s time as Editor, we’ve grown from a policing website that focused exclusively on the United Kingdom, to our becoming a publication with an increasingly international footprint

Yes, Tina has recently let me know that she’ll be stepping down from her current role. And Keith has accepted the very considerable challenge of taking on that key responsibility. 

Tina has been our Editor for three and a half years – a significant part of Policing Insight’s life – taking over from Carina O’Reilly when Carina moved over to become our Academic Editor. (I’m delighted that Carina’s rationale for stepping back as Editor has borne fruit, as she has very recently become Dr Carina O’Reilly – many congratulations, Carina!) 

In Tina’s time as Editor, we’ve grown from a policing website that focused exclusively on the United Kingdom, to our becoming a publication with an increasingly international footprint. We have subscribers from across the globe, and our insight is also international. For example, we’ve carried interviews with Katarina Carroll, the Commissioner of Queensland Police in Australia; with INTERPOL’s Executive Director, Stephen Kavanagh QPM DL; and with the former Commissioner of New Zealand Police, Mike Bush, as well as with many Chief Constables from the UK, and some groundbreaking analysis from many in academia and the private sector worldwide. Our editorial team has also grown in size, stature and influence. Increasingly, Policing Insight is showing why it should be seen as one of the world’s leading sources of insight on policing (which perhaps is both reassuring and unsurprising, given our name). 

Tina has been a great support to me personally as Publisher: not just in drawing on her considerable experience as a policing-focused journalist to provide me and the team with much-welcomed guidance and advice on our development; but also in her universally positive and constructive outlook and approach. I’ve absolutely loved working with her. 

I understand that Tina will shortly write an article for us reflecting on her time as Editor. I hope she’ll devote space within that article to set out her reasons for stepping down. For the moment, let me simply say that she’ll be transferring much of her attention to a family project, something close to her heart, that I fully expect to attract national – maybe even international – interest in due course.

I’m delighted, though, that I’ve managed to persuade Tina to accept a much lighter-touch set of responsibilities for us here. She will from time to time conduct occasional interviews for Policing Insight, plus you may see her representing us at conferences (whether virtual or “real world”). As a reflection of this new role, I’ve offered her the title of Contributing Editor, which I’m very pleased to report she has accepted.

Thank you, Tina, for the brilliant job you’ve done as Editor.

We have an excellent new Editor waiting in the wings. Keith has a 30-year editorial career working as a journalist, sub-editor and editor for a range of print and online publications

We have an excellent new Editor waiting in the wings. Keith has a 30-year editorial career working as a journalist, sub-editor and editor for a range of print and online publications. Having worked as a reporter and editor in local newspapers, he has freelanced for the past 20 years, with a particular focus on policing and home affairs. Previous publications and organisations he has worked with in this sector include Police Review, Police Professional, the Police Foundation and the Police Federation of England and Wales. He has also worked for Victim Support, several Higher Education organisations and a number of professional services companies.

Keith has been a contributing writer for Policing Insight since 2017, including his taking the lead on our coverage of the World Class Policing Awards. Keith will be formally taking over the editor’s role from Tina on August 1, and is already working with Tina and myself, as well as with other Policing Insight colleagues, in making sure that the editorial transition will be entirely smooth.

I’m delighted to have you taking over the editorial reins, Keith!

 


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