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People were already losing faith in the police’s capacity to solve crimes, and mixed race people in particular had sharply lower confidence in law enforcement than the general population. Then a serving officer was charged in Sarah Everard’s murder. Instead of acknowledging collapsing public trust in the police’s instincts and intentions – never mind capacity – the Met circled its wagons. So what can be done to rebuild that trust? Is this a fixable problem of leadership, culture, recruitment and resources? Are there times when the public needs to cut police some slack? Or do we need to start again from scratch?
Former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
Unmesh Desai AM
Chair, Police and Crime Committee, London Assembly