THREE YEARS OF RIOTS
Former Met boss warns unrest has only just started
Aberdeen BRITAIN should brace itself for THREE YEARS of riots like the ones seen on our streets this summer.
Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens said that violence and bloodshed would be one of the “main issues” for cops in the near future.
Lord Stevens said it was his “gut feeling and beyond” that violence on the streets would put officers in “very difficult” situations.
His comments came at the launch of an “independent commission” on the future of policing.
The commission, whose members include Howard Safir, formerly of the New York Police Department, will look at what’s expected of the police, their role in society and how to best equip them to cut crime and increase public confidence.
It will also consider how they are held to account, the bureaucracy affecting their work and the need to strike the right balance between local and national priorities.
Lord Stevens warned about the danger of public disorder returning over the coming years.
He said: “My own belief is – and it’s a very personal one – that over the next 18 months, two to three years, one of the main issues will be public order, or rather public disorder.
“I don’t think anyone would disagree with that in terms of the challenges facing policing. We’ll be looking at that in some detail.”
As the commission’s chairman he added: “My gut feeling and beyond is that it’s going to be a very difficult 18 months to two years, but I hope to God I’m wrong.”
Lord Stevens recalled how he restored order after riots when he was boss of Northumbria Police.
He said it had been “absolutely essential” to give the youth “some hope for the future”.