I met a retired senior met officer during the summer at a social event…
He was saying the successive and cumulative cuts to police resources and a general move towards human rights policing had left the met in terrible shape with very poor morale.
The majority of resources are focused on central London which is incredibly safe. However the periphery has only a light police presence and the law and order vacuum has left space for gangs to proliferate.
On the Human Rights policing he defended the old sus laws that allowed stop and search because generally it was used proportionally by local officers who knew the local scene. Not sure if I agree with that assessment myself.
He continued, that it had got to the stage when an officer now has to justify an arrest on the spot as opposed to arrest by appointment. He gave an example of someone is found in possession of drugs, rather than take him to the station the drug dealer would be given a time and date to report to the station to be arrested. Not everyone shows up to be arrested.
To cap it all he said veteran officers are so disenchanted they’re retiring and a lot of experience was being lost.
I guess that reads like an article from The Sun but it’s pretty much his view.
I’m always stuck by Catbear’s reports of life in the UK outside of London and programmes like the Mighty Redcar.
For being our nearest neighbour I wonder how well we really know it.