The Sunday Times Comment by John Blundell
If it takes this to convince Ian Blair to put police back on our streets solo, then I will settle for it.
The heart of zero tolerance is the beat and the result is a tsunami of low-grade intelligence that floods in as soon as you have officers interacting with citizens.
The average beat officer is outdoors well under 20% of the shift, usually in the company of another officer discussing pensions, holidays, partners and superior officers. Just doubling that amount of time and making all officers patrol alone (unless extraordinary circumstances dictate otherwise) would quadruple their presence.
John Blundell, Director General
The Institute of Economic Affairs and author of Policing A Liberal Society