I am not sure I want to learn about gangs from an area of America that has 400 of them. It seems to me, if you've got 400 gangs, then you're not being very effective.Thereby demonstrating that he knows little of either London's 330 identifiable street gangs, 239 of them currently active, or of what defines, encourages and enables the growth of gang culture.
Perhaps it is Orde's peculiar and quite astonishing ignorance of the state of our capital that leads him to make his clearest statement so far on his absolute opposition to either introducing democracy to policing or any type of local police identity or accountability:-
What I suggested to the Home Secretary is a more sensible approach, maybe to look across far wider styles of policing; and, more usefully, at European styles – they, like us, are bound by the European Convention.European police forces operate within a system of Roman law and act as the paramilitary wing of the central State; they are largely national rather than local and beyond any democratic accountability to local communities. Britain's police, like those in the US, arose from our unique Common Law framework and are founded on the policing principles of Robert Peel. They are (were until the 1964 Police Act) locally accountable and should have direct democratic accountability. Bill Bratton, in other words, has more experience of British-style policing than any Euro police battalion Commandant, and that's what Orde hates. His whole credo is one of turning our separate constabularies into a national police force, on the European model, as a tool of the central State.
If anyone now seriously imagines that this man is either qualified or suitable as a candidate for Met Commissioner they must be delusional. Orde is patently unfit even to wear the uniform of a police force that prides itself on its Peelean roots.