James Patrick, Director of SOCINT, is an intelligence specialist with a policing background.
He served as a police officer from May 2004 to October 2009 in the Derbyshire Constabulary, where he qualified as a Sergeant under the OSPRE Part 1 and 2 examination regime. During this time he was commended for his work as an intelligence officer.
In October 2009 he transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in London and received three commendations in September 2010 for bravery in apprehending an armed suspect, leadership and fortitude at the scene of a fatal fire, and bravery at a life-threatening incident. In 2012 he was recruited by the Assistant Commissioner to work on a new strategic department.
During his time as a specialist analyst for Scotland Yard he discovered the mass under-recording of serious sexual offences and serious acquisitive crime. He acted as a legitimate whistleblower, eventually sparking a Select Committee inquiry by the British Parliament which exposed thirty years of crime figure manipulation across the country. As a result, the way crime is recorded and investigated in England and Wales was permanently changed and government-imposed targets were abolished.
The Committee’s final report commended James stating: “We are indebted to PC Patrick for his courage in speaking out, in fulfilment of his duty to the highest standards of public service, despite intense pressures to the contrary.”