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'British police services are in crises, nationwide', warns former NYPD chief

Bill Bratton, former Police Commissioner of New York City and Los Angeles, told LBC this morning's revelation that one in seven police departments in the UK are under special measures is "an eye opener" and should be a "wake up call".

He said it was clear the next commissioner of the Met "needs to be a great leader" to try to correct all the problems that the Met has been dealing with over the last several years."

But Bratton said he did not believe the Met's "brand" would be permanently tarnished by the series of high profile incidents in recent years.

The police force has been widely criticised for its handling of cases including the murder of Sarah Everard, the findings of the independent inquiry into the murder of Daniel Morgan, the stop and search of Bianca Williams and Child Q, who was stripped searched by officers at her school.

Bratton said the Met was "one of three most iconic police departments in the world" and warned that "no police department is permanently free of controversy or crises."

Full article on LBC here.



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