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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If Broken Yard is an unsettling read, is that because it’s unfair to the force or because it’s all too fair? Harper quotes late on a story from an anonymous lord justice of appeal that a scammer at his door was impersonating police. Is it a hopeful sign that bad things are getting at least confronted in public, or bad in that it depresses public trust in those institutions, not easily regained?

Boris Johnson’s reckless, illegal parties at Downing Street during the pandemic prompts Harper to wonder how the police, busy nicking people for small infractions of lockdown rules, managed to be in attendance yet not see a thing. Broken Yard does not suggest things were once all Dixon of Dock Green perfect, although it points out the success of the Labour government’s Safer Neighbourhood policies. Harper explains how corruption in the CID was rife in the 1960s and 1970s – but how officers eventually got a handle on criminals in their ranks. This is despite the failures of successive home secretaries, from Theresa May’s disastrous slashing of the numbers of officers by 20,000 – only now being very belatedly addressed – to Priti Patel’s treatment of the police as little more than handy photo opportunities.

The shock in reading journalist Tom Harper’s Broken Yard, a new critique of 30 years of Met policing, is in realising just how wide­spread and rotten it is. However, it never really went away: using the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent hopeless half-hearted investigation as a starting point, Harper takes us through 30 years of scandals that have seen the Met discredited, at war with its Whitehall paymasters (interestingly, the force that is described as once being full of Conservative voters now has a police officer saying none will ever vote Tory again) and not able to do its job. Met people are well able to identify shortcomings, and do so surely because they feel so passionately and proprietarily about the force, not because of any dislike. Harper examines key episodes from the Met’s recent history, with frank contributions from insiders, in a book that should be essential reading for the new commissioner.

This was the time when corruption among detectives was so endemic that the commissioner, Sir Robert Mark, famously declared that the measure of a good force was that it “catches more crooks than it employs”. Her testimony does not exonerate her fully but it does show the lengths to which the rich and powerful will go to conceal their behaviour.But the book is also constructive and never loses sight of the importance of the role the police have in any well-functioning democracy.

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