Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Putting Politics into Policing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Putting Politics into Policing

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THE LATEST crisis to hit the Metropolitan Police, the suspension of twoofficers over massive abuse of expenses, adds to the sense of crisis at the topof the Force. It is also likely to expose the narrowness of Met CommissionerSir Ian Blair's political support.

Effectively, the Commissioner's own argument for why he should stay in post,following the Independent Police Complaints Commission report on the killing ofJean Charles de Menezes, is that there is still an important job to do inreforming the Met and he is the man to do it. But the expenses affair givessome idea of just how little progress Sir Ian has made, after almost threeyears, in transforming the Met's working practices and chaotic finances.Meanwhile it has been reported that the crisis in his leadership is nowovershadowing the force to such a degree that a number of senior officers havebecome incapable of concentrating on anything else.

Yet all the signs are that whatever crises hit Sir Ian, he will continue toenjoy the staunch support of the Mayor, Ken Livingstone, and of the Government. …

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