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Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK Politics Royal US World Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea Former Met Police Commissioner Lord Hogan-Howe warned that policing has lost its grip on grassroots issues.

Former chief of the Metropolitan police Bernard Hogan-Howe (Image: Getty)

Former Met Police Commissioner Lord Hogan-Howe has called for forces to get back to basics and visit the scene of every crime reported to them.

Lord Hogan-Howe, who served as Commissioner from 2011 to 2017, warned that policing has lost its grip on grassroots issues such as crimes fuelled by alcohol.

He said simple steps such as stopping the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers could reap large dividends. And he rejected

suggestions that police were simply too under-staffed to deal with crime properly.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said forces must investigate every reported theft where there is a viable lead.

But the ex-Met boss said police should go a step further with all crimes investigated, starting with a visit by officers.

Suella Braverman wants police to crackdown on theft (Image: Getty)

He said: “I argue that it’s not a bad idea to visit the scene of the crime. I know the Home Secretary has recently reinforced it and

everyone has said ‘oh, we can’t manage it’ – I don’t accept that. In London, there are about a million crimes a year.

“There are 32 boroughs so that means three crimes per borough per hour – it’s not 10,000. Of course crime is not the only thing that police do, but it can be achieved. If you don’t go to a crime scene I guarantee you won’t investigate it and you won’t detect it, but it is entirely possible to do.”

Speaking at the Emergency Services Show at the NEC Birmingham last week, he said police had lost their grip on basics such as preventing alcohol-fuelled crime, and were losing track of fraud and organised crime. He said at night 80 per cent of all arrests were alcohol related and included violence and sexual assaults.

“The sensible control of the management of the outlets which the cops have got involved with in the past, I think, has drifted away.”

He said many bars were serving drunks and underage children and if police were more proactively involved in licensing concerns many offences could be prevented. He said fraud made up half of all reported crime in the UK, but just one per cent of police activity.

Police standards slammed (Image: Getty)

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In terms of going after money made by organised crime gangs, police should do this “tirelessly, comprehensively, industrially, but I’m afraid we’re nowhere near that”.

He also spoke about how he believes higher standards among police officers could be achieved with home visits.

He said vetting was much stricter when he joined policing in South Yorkshire in 1979. He was visited at home by superiors who also spoke to his neighbours about him. And he called for a return to this to improve standards and retention, unless it was for officers involved in sensitive roles.

Lord Hogan-Howe also backed current Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley in his bid to remove lawyers from the misconduct process and said officers should be given access to the employment tribunal process to make it fairer.

A Met Police spokesman said Lord Hogan-Howe was entitled to his opinion, but the force would not be commenting on his suggestion and that figures of how many crimes were attended under his leadership were not available.

Dad of murdered PC calls for posthumous medals THE FATHER of a police officer murdered by Dale Cregan in a grenade ambush has urged the Government to award posthumous medals to emergency workers killed in the line of duty.

Ex-prison officer Bryn Hughes’ daughter PC Nicola Hughes was killed alongside PC Fiona Bone in 2012 while they were on duty in Tameside, Greater Manchester, after they responded to reports of a fake burglary.

Cregan had earlier killed Mark Short, 23, and his father David, 46, and was jailed for life in 2013.

Mr Hughes’ campaign has been backed by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper. He now wants Home Office approval for an Elizabeth Cross medal to be given posthumously in recognition of fallen emergency service workers.

Mr Hughes said: “We’ve got the full backing of the Labour Party, we’ve got the full backing of the Welsh Government, what we’re asking for now is the Government, the Home Office, to pick it up and finish it off if you like.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are determined to ensure the sacrifice officers make is recognised and the Government has prioritised work to identify ways through which we can do that.”

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