We credit Wecops and its creation to Kevin Purcell, Nick and Theresa Chinn, Irene Curtis and Helen King.

We Tweetchat every couple of weeks on a Wednesday at 9pm via #WeCops and everybody is welcome to join and add value. 

The @WeCops account is run by several volunteers with a variety of experience from a range of roles. We are independent and run a variety of chats featuring different guest hosts, when requested. 

We see our role as providing a professional space to facilitate discussions between peers and the wider police family, to support the exchange of best practice resulting in delivery of excellent policing. 

Outside of structured TweetChat times you'll see us engaging and supporting engagment on Twitter with the tweeting cops community.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a chat, please send us a tweet @WeCops

The @WeCops Team

Katy Barrow-Grint

We Communities

Katy joined Thames Valley Police in 2000 having studied Sociology at the London School of Economics. She has worked in a variety of role and ranks including uniform patrol, CID, neighbourhood policing, child abuse investigation, surveillance and strategic development. As a Superintendent, Katy has been Head of Criminal Justice for Thames Valley Police and in 2019 took on the role of Head of Serious & Organised Crime for the force.

Katy completed her Masters in Police Leadership and Management at Warwick Business School in 2015. She has a keen academic interest in domestic abuse, and has published an academic journal article on domestic abuse attrition rates[1] with a book chapter and a book due for publication shortly! She is keen to develop the Force’s understanding of the academic work being completed by officers and staff, and as a result, has instigated the ‘TVP Journal’ which is a fantastic gateway to recognise the academic work of officers and staff. She has recently been asked by the College of Policing to be Editor in Chief of their new online publication ‘Going Equipped’ which aims to share learning and research on policing. She has followed @WeCops for years, including hosting chats previously and was delighted to join the team formally in 2020.

Katy tweets as @ktbg1

Emma Williams

Emma Williams - Policing Programme Director

Emma is the programme director for the Policing (in service) BSc and the MSc by research in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University. Previously Emma worked in the Metropolitan Police Service for 11 years as a principal researcher conducting evaluations and reviews on a number of different policing issues. Emma is currently completing her PhD at London Southbank University on the investigation of rape.

Emma tweets as @EmWilliamsCCCU

Dan Reynolds

Dan Reynolds, Author at Policing Insight

Dan has worked as a front line uniformed officer in Cheshire with over a decade of policing experience, delivering services through the period of austerity, reform and ever changing expectations of policing.  As a Force Incident Manager and Tactical Firearms Commander (TFC) he has a solid understanding of managing threat risk and harm in difficult situations.

He has experience of national project delivery such as Single Online Home (digital services) and has worked with the College of Policing in a variety of roles, offering critical thought and advice. Dan has an appreciation for policing in different environments, having served time on secondment with the Philippine National Police – ask him about this and he will tell you some tall stories!

He is an advocate of using social media to engage people and is a pioneer of the #WeCops CPD platform on Twitter, describing it “a great way for getting people together and putting the challenges facing modern policing into open discussion.”

Dan tweets as @DannoReynolds

Caroline Hay

Caroline is a founding member of the Wecops team! She believes in using this platform to share and debate ideas and spread learning.

She joined the Metropolitan Police at the age of 20 and her passion for front line policing remains!  She is proud of her recent qualifications in Taser and Public Order and mainly enjoys driving the area car responding to emergencies and securing ‘the golden hour with her excellent team of officers.’ 

Caroline has just completed a degree in Policing, obtaining a First Class Honours.  She managed two extra children in the 3 years of studying!

Caroline is an Inspector in the City of London Police.   She is also a board member for the National Strategic Policing Review, offering a front line perspective.

Caroline tweets as @WeCopsCaroline

Chris Excell

Chris Excell is fundraising for Care of Police Survivors

Chris is an officer with the Met Police. He is currently a Sergeant within the Custody directorate.

 He has spent most of his service working Pan-London with London’s Operational Support Unit (TSG). He served on ‘The Group’ during the 2011 Riots and was first responder to the Apollo Theatre collapse (2012). More recently, he was also a first responder to the Westminster Terror Attack (2017).Chris was a ‘Police Now’ Syndicate Lead for Cohorts 1 and 2, responsible for the training and development of trainee officers on the pioneering programme. Chris is heavily involved in voluntary work to support the families and colleagues of officers killed in the course of their duties. He is slowly building a network of officers across the UK who are likeminded and willing to assist with short notice ceremonial duties and pushing the importance of the cause within their home forces.

Chris believes very much in looking after and protecting the team. It comes from both a military and sports background. He joins us at WeCops out of a desire to get more people involved in nurturing and improving our profession. Twitter allows us to do just that. 

Chris tweets as @ConstableXL

Dan Hayes

Dan is a serving officer with West Yorkshire Police. He is currently a Duty Patrol Inspector in the “happy valley” - Calderdale.
Dan has been a Police Officer for 11 years and served in the Special Constabulary prior to this. He previously served in Lancashire Constabulary in a number of roles before transferring to West Yorkshire in 2018.

Most of Dan’s service has been in uniform on the front line; he particularly enjoys being connected to policing at the ‘sharp edge’ and supporting the officers and staf who make policing what it is.
Before joining as a Police Officer, Dan completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Police and Criminal Investigation at University of Central Lancashire, he has since completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Policing.

For Dan, academic study is about increasing knowledge but more importantly, sharing this knowledge to help us work through increasing complexity in policing – supporting each other to get the job done. WeCops and social media are a great way to do this.

Dan has completed the College of Policing Fast Track (PC to Inspector) programme; he states his motivation for applying for this programme was to be able to push himself to be a better cop and a better leader to his officers. The scheme opened up opportunities to work with a large range of people inside and outside policing to “make that diference” that he signed up for.
Dan tweets as @D_MHayes

Steve Rotherham 

Stephen is a serving Police Officer for Lancashire Constabulary. His Policing career started in 2014 when he joined Merseyside Police as a Police Community Support Officer, where he worked within a busy neighbourhood for two years before taking the Oath as a constable for Lancashire.

Since joining Lancashire Constabulary, Stephen has worked on Response Policing, Criminal Investigations Department and most recently has been seconded to the Major Investigations Team.

Stephen is an openly gay man and has worked on the LGBT Staff Network in both Merseyside Police and Lancashire Constabulary. He is motivated about building bridges between the Police and the communities of the UK.

Steve tweets as @PCRotherham


Coordinators: @WecopsCaroline, @ConstableXL, @EmWilliamsOU, @DannoReynolds, @D_MHayes, @ktbg1, @PCRotherham, @kerrimonaghan1
Next chat details can be found here with archived chats found here .