Think He'd Feel at Home Here?
The beat bobby who used his internet blog to lift the lid on the endless paperwork and political correctness of modern policing revealed his identity last night to announce he is quitting Britain.
Using the pseudonym PC David Copperfield, Stuart Davidson, 36, charted his frustrations at the red tape and target-driven culture facing officers.
His tales of unnecessary bureaucracy at the expense of catching real crooks became so popular they spawned a bestselling book and even saw him denounced in the Commons by ministers.
Mr Davidson, who resigned from Staffordshire Police in June, said he was sick of the "madness" of British policing, adding:
"Everyone joins the police with the aim of catching burglars, catching thieves, solving crimes.
"But as a uniformed officer available for deployment I would spend over half of my time writing in the office.
"Eighty per cent of what I did was a waste of time. There comes a point where you think, 'This isn't really why I joined'."
The Home Office is reeling from claims in an official report last week that the target culture prevents police doing their jobs.
Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said officers bogged down by bureaucracy tended to "over-record and under-deliver" for fear of being accused of missing something.
He warned that they are so busy chasing targets, which can be achieved by pursuing minor crimes, that they do not always act in the "public interest".
Mr Davidson, who was an officer in Burton-on-Trent for four years, started writing The Policeman's Blog three years ago. It received more than 1.5million hits.
In it he wrote: "Around 50 per cent of my job is clerical, 40 per cent of it is social work and 10 per cent is trying to catch criminals."