CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE: The Met Police
LONDONERS HAVE less trust in police officers in the capital than in nurses, teachers and people working in other essential services according to new survey.
The survey of 1000 Londoners, carried out by Opinion Research found that only 60 per cent of Londoners trust the Met.
This is compared to 84 per cent of Londoners who trust doctors, 83 per cent nurses and 79 per cent teachers.
Worryingly for the Met, a third of Londoners felt police officers were untrustworthy, a figure that rose to over half - 56 per cent - in the case of black Londoners questioned. They were more likely to think that the police force is institutionally racist than white residents (54 per cent to 34 per cent).
The survey found that more than half of Londoners agreed with a statement that police always protect themselves over all others.
However, it also found that nearly 70 per cent also agreed that police “get a lot of criticism for doing a difficult job."
The survey found that tabloid journalists were seen as the least trustworthy profession - only 16 per cent of people believed them - while just 20 per cent said they trusted politicians.
The poll comes after the Met has faced a series of controversies such as the fatal shooting of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan, the Stephen Lawrence case and the controversial role of undercover officers.
Senior officers have admitted they are struggling to raise people's confidence in police and the Met's own surveys show public confidence has been “flat-lining” at around 68 per cent in recent years.
The force claims it is trying to be more open by introducing body-worn video cameras for all front-line officers and the decision to allow the BBC to make the recent fly-on-the-wall documentary called The Met.
Green peer Jenny Jones, the Lib Dem policing spokeswoman on the London Assembly, said: “The Met Police clearly have a big hill to climb if they are to win back trust amongst Londoners.”
She said the Met should end the “closed ranks culture” of the police service and learn to say sorry.
The Met issued a statement saying that its own survey of 12,800 Londoners showed 67 per cent of people thought it was doing a good job.
It said: “The Met wants all Londoners to have trust and confidence in our service and is striving to achieve this including initiatives such as the London residency requirement for police officer recruits, the Community Ambassadors Scheme, public Ward Panel meetings in every ward, Stop Search Monitoring Groups and Independent Custody Visitors.”