HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1537-8
67. Captain Blackburn

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he willorganise specialised training for the London police in up-to-date methods of unarmed combat and special counter measures, to. outwit the modern criminal and so assist the police in dealing with robberies such as have been recently carried out.

Mr. Ede

Any assumption that the police are untrained for their work or that their training is out of date would be mistaken. Constant attention is given to the subject of training.

Captain Blackburn

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the standard of training of the police here is on the same level as that of the American police and F.B.I.?

Mr. Ede

In view of the different problems which they have to face, I do not think our police force need fear comparison with any other force.

Mr. J. Lewis

Would the Minister say whether there is any collaboration or exchange of information between the New York police and the London police?

Mr. Ede

Yes, we get a great deal of information. We are always willing to learn, and to teach.