Repairing the Mets damaged reputation

Chris Cully
Chris Cully

Chris Cully, the Managing Director of risk & security management company, Dilitas has to agreed to exclusively produce a monthly column for The column will review current security issues.

Chris writes “To start the ball rolling, let us review the subsequent chaos at New Scotland Yard (NSY) and the riots. Recently, the Metropolitan Police (Met) has sustained more damage to its reputation and brand image than at any time since its formation in 1829. Whilst “Brand Image” has nothing to do with preventing crime & arresting criminals, it is of great importance to the intellectuals, friends of media conglomerates and individuals who appoint civilian staff to manage the former requirements at NSY.

“The resignation of the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner from the Met for behaviour that would have had any other rank suspended and dismissed, was damaging enough. However, followed by the events of the first week in August when anarchy erupted in London and was repeated in other towns and cities, the Met again sustained more criticism. Interestingly, no such behaviour occurred in Wales or Scotland, both of which have areas of high unemployment and deprivation. Thus, the arguments that the riots were the result of such conditions clearly collapse.

“Simply put, the riots were caused by feral, lawless individuals, the product of two generations not subject to discipline in schools nor home, who have no respect for themselves nor others and have no fear of the police or the law.

They do, however, know their rights from 13 years of the Blair & Brown “Cool Britannia” doctrine, which surrendered:

  • Our sovereignty to Brussels
  • Swamped us in political correctness
  • Subjected us to the “Nanny State” & Human Rights (Theirs not Ours!)
  • Eradicated our standards of decency,
  • Collapsed our morals
  • Emasculated the police and criminal justice system.

This undisciplined and lawless generation is not found in one specific geographical location nor in one strata of society or ethnic group. This foul and feral strain of humanity range from Council Estates to Country Estates and everything in between. And when it all goes wrong and onto the streets they pour, we the turn to the police.

“The officers, who, at personal risk to their own lives, worked unceasingly and heroically throughout that week combatting the anarchy, did a fantastic job and should be applauded. However, they were failed by their senior officers and political masters. When a brave leader, possessed of the courage to order the use of rubber bullets and massive response was needed, none appeared. Instead, senior police officers and politicians argued.

“Now the Met needs a Commissioner and unwilling applicants are herded forward. Only Sir Hugh Orde, the last of the “Coppers Copper”, stepped bravely forward to volunteer. But politicians do not want a strong man of determined opinion and operational skills. No toadying with industry moguls in Sir Hugh’s CV, just hard won experience in Northern Ireland where policing feral, criminal gangs were his stock in trade.

“Appoint a home-grown hero to grip politician and criminal alike, with equal tenacity and return us to a time when police patrol and control the streets.”

Chris’ Cully’s career began with the Metropolitan Police in 1978, where he served for 7 years. During this period he served in Uniform, Special Branch and CID. He was then head hunted for the position of Loss Prevention Manager EMEA for the KFC Organisation, where he remained for 4 years. Chris remained in the Corporate world for the next 13 years, latterly working as the London Security Manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then the Security Director for Guilbert Ltd. Chris then joined Greymans Ltd. as a shareholder and Director of Operations and remained with the company until 2010, when he founded his own risk & security management company, Dilitas Ltd. which he now runs from offices in Kingston, Surrey.

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