Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police

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Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police

Broken Yard: The Fall of the Metropolitan Police

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Harper’s depressing exposé of the fall of the Met reveals some who do their jobs competently, uphold the law and tear their hair out at the practices of colleagues, watch as their diligence is undermined by the criminality and incompetence of many they work with. Harper quotes late on a story from an anonymous lord justice of appeal that a scammer at his door was impersonating police.

This means while we have heard the stories before, Harper offers an insiders’ angle, and it is revelatory in its findings. Has that meant, as Harper suggests, the best officers and most effort goes into CT and leaves less for economic crime, and the drugs trade?Harper chronicles in coruscating detail ‘the scandal after scandal’ that has buffeted the force since the 1990s and left the Met a demoralized ‘shadow of its former self’. Harper reveals an institution that is riddled with corruption, racism, sexism, officers scuppering each other’s work as they compete for promotions, and basic incompetence. It’s reminiscent of the physical and emotional distance between the generals and the ‘poor bloody infantry’ in the First World War.

The new commissioner has already announced that there will now be major changes at the Met, with an increase in the number of officers in the directorate of professional standards (DPS), the squad responsible for rooting out corruption and dodgy behaviour. He quotes Lucy Panton, the former crime editor of the News of the World, whose police sources were exposed to the Yard by her bosses and who said that she felt she had been “completely hung out to dry” by a company she had loyally served. Tom has also been nominated as Specialist Journalist of the Year, News Reporter of the Year and Crime and Legal Affairs Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards.

While not wanting to reopen all that here, Harper does say that what Mackey did was sensible while resented by some as ‘us and them’.



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