In Loving Memory of

Brian Roberts

Brian was a much loved member of the Police Powers Unit in the Home Office for 16 years and before that served in the Metropolitan Police Service.  Over that time he has touched countless lives.   His expertise on police powers was unrivalled and earnt him the respect of all those he dealt with.  More importanly, he was a great colleague, with a sense of humour and willingness to help others.  He will be missed by us all. We send our condolences to his wife, Jill, and his family.

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Harriet Mackinlay

As for so many others in the Home Office, Brian was a reassuring and friendly presence in my life for many years and I will miss him. I moved around, but Brian was always there on the end of the phone to share his immense policing knowledge and to have a good chat about …

Carl Millar

My deepest sympathies to Brian’s family and friends.  I have fond memories of many phone calls with him over the years providing advice on police-related issues, as others have said, he had a real human touch and will be much missed by his colleagues at the Home Office. …

Carl Jennings

I knew Brian for around 15 years and for the last few liaised with him frequently as I was the Home Office policy lead on police powers to use DNA and fingerprints.   I always looked forward to speaking with Brian as not only was his expertise on PACE unparalleled but he also enjoyed …

Mark Houston

I knew Brian for nearly four years and was so sad to hear that he had died. He was always the fountain of all knowledge when it came to policing. I’d often call Brian with various queries and he was always so kind, helpful and hardworking. He was always a great guy to chat too …

James Leonard

I worked with Brian on Police Powers in the early 2000’s when I was in my early twenties and new to the Home Office. He had an unbelievabale knowledge of the subject area that came from both his practical experience as a Police Officer and an apitutde for understanding law and legislation. He always …

John de Sousa

I had the pleasure of working closely with Brian for a number of years on key reforms to the use of police powers. Brilliant in translating policy into operational guidance, Brian was also a man of integrity and a believer in integrity in policing and playing by the rules. The important reforms that we …

Richard Atkinson

I have known Brian for a number of years through my work with the Law Society. Brain’s knowledge and enthusiasm for PACE was simply unparalleled. He was always ready to give advice and never sat on the fence. He always brought his sense of humour to our meetings and I shall greatly miss his …

Rachel C

I only knew Brian very briefly but I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to his family, friends and all those who loved him.   He was a friendly face (and voice!) during lockdown in my time on the GOV.UK team, was always up for a phone call instead of an …

Jonathan Bradshaw

I had the pleasure of getting to know Brian over the past year where we worked closely together on operational and PACE issues. Although my time working with Brian was relatively short (and virtual!), I quickly learnt that he was an absolute gentleman and extremely knowledgeable. Brian was always willing to share his time, …

Robert Curtis

My deepest sympathy to all of those that knew Brian. He was a kind and generous man and he will be missed.  …
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