Mike was born in York and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988.
He became one of the youngest in service officers to be given his own 'patch', and served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSG (Riot Police). He transferred to North Yorkshire Police in 1997 as he missed the countryside.. and fly fishing !
He became a rural beat officer, and eventually, a wildlife officer.
In 2005 he starred in the BBC's 'Country Cops' and was inspired to write about his adventures in the North Yorks force. Mike left the Police in 2007 to become a professional author, and his first book ''Now Then Lad'' smashed the Daily Mail's book club record, following it's serialisation in the newspaper.
Four other best selling books have followed.. ''You're coming with me lad'', ''Not on my patch lad'', ''Just the job'', and recently released ''Up beat down dale''.
Mike's books were picked as the Radio 4 'Book of the week'.
Mike served nearly twenty years in the Police, during which he became one of the highest commended officers. Following the UK riots in 2011 he has become a key spokesman on current policing issues in the UK, giving extensive interviews on on national UK radio and television, and giving extensive interviews on 'all things policing' for the BBC, ITV and SKY news. He is also an excellent after dinner speaker.
Mike has just finished his latest works ''Pannett's Yorkshire'', a photographic book due to be released in hard back on October 1st this year. Future works will include his childhood memoirs and his Metropolitan policing time.
He has recently assisted various government agencies acting as a 'consultant' and is currently working with SEPURA Ltd looking at innovative ideas and efficiency within critical communications for policing.
Mike lives with his wife Ann, who is still a serving Police officer, and their three children, in a small village in the shadow of the North Yorkshire moors. (And ''Henry''.. Mike's springer spaniel, and one of the stars of his books !)
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