ALAN MOSS, a Classics graduate from Durham University, served as a Metropolitan Police officer for 30 years, retiring as a Chief Superintendent in 1997. He has worked abroad in police training and consultancy, was involved in planning for a Metropolitan Police museum at Bow Street, has co-authored a number of books about policing history with Keith Skinner, has made a number of TV appearances about policing history and operates a website about the history of London policing at

DAVID SWINDEN MSC., DMS., PgDip (History) retired from the Metropolitan Police as a Superintendent in 1994. His 36 years’ Police service was spent in north and east London and at New Scotland Yard. He also carried out police consultancy projects in the USA, Uganda and Gibraltar. After retiring from the Police service he became a senior lecturer in Human Resources Management at the University of East London, and was responsible for a number of educational programmes worldwide.

PETER KENNISON BA, MA, PhD has been a practitioner and academic for over 35 years. He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1970 and over a career spanning nearly three decades he served on five Police divisions in north and east London, the Police Training School at Hendon, and in the Complaints Investigation Branch (CIB3) at New Scotland Yard. His interests include policing (including its historical context), child protection and community safety. Peter is now fully retired having been a senior lecturer in Criminology at the Universities of Middlesex and Brighton.