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  • police because you have such a background there.

  • And you know, I spent 20 years in this country.

  • So and I'm a citizen and I'm gonna be buried in this city.

  • I love it here.

  • I love London.

  • It's part of my DNA.

  • My Children were born here, but I also grew up in a different country where they police differently.

  • So when I look at the Metropolitan Police, I see differences.

  • And I still remember when I was 21 years old, I moved to New York City in 1993 and Mayor Giuliani had kind of just got there, and there was a police officer on every corner, and New York scared the hell out of me, to be honest, I mean, I was a kid from San Diego, California, and I felt so good seeing those police officers there.

  • I felt like I could walk around that city.

  • Andi, NYPD officer has a certain vibe to them, you know, they have a certain look, a certain build, a certain demeanor, Um, for maybe for that city.

  • And it definitely promoted me feeling good.

  • And in London, it's a different feel.

  • It is now, versus when I got here.

  • Maybe for when you were on the force, and I was wondering if you could tell me.

  • First of all, what do you think is the state of Metropolitan Police?

  • Um, is the vibe always gonna be different in a city like London?

  • Because you police a community, and it depends on the community.

  • And how?

  • How has the police service changed over the years?

  • And there's a lot of questions.

  • Yeah, well, let's just go back toe New York 93.

  • If we made because you had Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, as you mentioned, I think the police chief was Bill Bratton.

  • Time on.

  • They were both disciples off the fixing broken Windows philosophy, which essentially said, if you deal with the low level crime, quite literally, the broken windows, or in New York's case at a time, it was the people that stood at traffic lights with a spongy cleaning your windscreen on, then almost in an intimidating kind of way.

  • But in their hand out wanting a few cents or a dollar or or whatever.

  • And they clamped down on that first zero tolerance.

  • They called it.

  • Yeah, but it did have a title of fixing broken windows.

  • Okay, Were books written about it?

  • Andi?

  • It kind of became bit of a thing.

  • Um, now it proved to be at that time we're talking.

  • About many decades ago, it was seen as being a rip roaring success.

  • And there were many people that wanted to import into the UK because we also had our spongy people that traffic lights and whatever you know, what happens in the states we so often import A few years later.

  • Um, but was it kind of sustainable?

  • It was for New York because they simply had the numbers of officers to be able to do that.

  • Now, to do that policing, as you've said, you need, quite literally a police officer on every street corner and in the UK, whether it be London or Manchester or Glass go, that, quite simply, is not goingto happen.

  • So if we fast forward to where we're at now, we are on the back off a decade or mawr off austerity.

  • You know the government policy to slash and burn public spending in every aspect on policing suffered mawr than most.

  • I would suggest the 20 0 police officer jobs were just butchered in the UK 30,000 orm or back office jobs.

  • So civilian workers that did vital roles behind the scenes, those jobs got lost.

  • And quite simply, you cannot slash those kind of police and police staff numbers are not expect there to be some kind of repercussion.

  • Unfortunately, the prime minister at the time, Theresa May, who quite simply did not understand modern policing, drove this home.

  • She had the temerity to accuse the police of crying wolf when officers were saying, You keep cutting numbers, there's gonna be repercussions.

  • So we've kind of found ourselves in a situation whereby the police are chronically understaffed, underfunded, overworked and demoralized.

  • The current prime minister, Boris Johnson, you know, loves the sound by it and said, I'm going to recruit 20,000 police officers, which sounds like a great headline.

  • But it doesn't really cut to the core of the problem, because all those 20,000 officer jobs that were cut took thousands upon thousands of years of policing experience with them on policing Experience cannot be bought.

  • It's vital.

  • It's absolutely crucial on now.

  • Whilst there is a recruitment drive going on to try and build those numbers up, you don't need 20,000.

  • You need 40 or maybe 50,000, actually, because the police are still hemorrhaging officers in frighteningly high numbers because they are overworked, underpaid and demoralized.

  • So consequently, policing in the UK sadly still remains largely in crisis.

  • Why?

  • Why?

  • Like what?

  • Why don't you want stop my wife?

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