Police crisis is only going to get worse, says former London officer

Police HMIC report: 'I don’t know how hard I can say how serious the crisis is', says retired police officer

The HMIC has released a damning report which claims the police are letting victims down

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A retired officer has warned the crisis facing the UK police force is "unprecedented" and only going to get worse.

Norman Brennan spoke to Paul Ross after a damning report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into the chronic problems facing British policing.

The report claims police failure to carry out basic functions has resulted in more cases being shelved, suspects left untracked, and more victims being let down. 

Brennan, who served as an officer in London for 31 years and now campaigns for police reform, told Paul: "I don’t know how hard I can say how serious the crisis is.

"Police officers will write off a crime as soon as they can at the moment. The reason why they do that is to concentrate on an offence where there may be an arrest.

"The sad reality is the public have been concerned with other issues - a strike, war, etc - so everyday there’s a new story and the public have never focused on one particular issue. 

"A red flag’s been raised, but the police won’t be raising the white one."

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