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Criminal gangs have lost fear of police after changes in 'hard-edged tactics' and funding cuts eroded detectives' expertise, says ex-Met chief Lord Stevens Lord Stevens said changes in 'hard-edged tactics' and funding eroded expertise  He said officers would not be able to get away with methods they used in past He was asked if it had changed from the days when officers were the Sweeney Ex-commissioner, who led Met from 2000-2005, said : 'I think we probably have'

By Rebecca Camber Chief Crime Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:46 GMT, 30 October 2020 | Updated: 03:22 GMT, 31 October 2020

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Lord Stevens, pictured,  said changes in 'hard-edged tactics' and funding cuts had eroded detectives' expertise.

Lord Stevens, pictured,  said changes in 'hard-edged tactics' and funding cuts had eroded detectives' expertise.

Criminal gangs no longer fear the police, a former Scotland Yard commissioner has claimed.

Lord Stevens said changes in 'hard-edged tactics' and funding cuts had eroded detectives' expertise.

In a radio interview with Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservative Party in the Scottish Parliament, he said officers would not be able to get away with some of the methods they used in the past.

Miss Davidson asked whether policing had changed from the days when officers from the Flying Squad were known as the Sweeney.

The former commissioner, who led the force from 2000 to 2005, replied: 'I think we probably have.

'I think maybe the Flying Squad and some of the hard-edged tactics we used as CID (criminal investigation department) officers years ago certainly wouldn't stand up to scrutiny today.

'Things that happened in 1960s, and during my CID career which was up to detective chief superintendent level, you couldn't and shouldn't get away with today – it's a totally different ball game.'

Lord Stevens, pictured, also said detectives' expertise had been reduced by funding cuts as experienced officers

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