A policeman who claims the force is 20 years behind and ignores structural racism, has quit in a bid to start his own violent crime initiative.
Ali Hassan Ali has left his role at the Met Police in London fed up after 22 teenagers were killed in London this year.
He joined the force back in 2019, leaving his job at National Rail, wanting to make a difference in the lives of young people.
And although he loved working at the Met says the institution is “20 years behind”.
“Some people who have really supported me in this job will know that I’m critical of the organisation because I care. It’s not because I’m one of those people who’s trying to make money off of it but I care for them to change things,” he told the Evening Standard.
He told ITV News that there were individual racists in the force, but it was those higher up he feels did not want change.
Ali has formed an organisation called Chapter One, made up partly of former officers, who will go into areas to be “violence interrupters” a technique proven in the US cities like Chicago.
He said: “What my volunteers will do, is speak to these young boys in these communities and say we are going to set up shop in this little corner of this estate and we will talk to people.
“We will ask what the grievances are, what the tensions are, and people will start to look at us as an outlet.
“Violence is not the key, why kill your future?”
A statement from the Met Police has said: “We are devoting huge resources into doing everything within our power to minimise violence – It is our priority and can affect anyone from any background.
“But we simply cannot do this alone: Everyone has a role to play.
“Community leaders, businesses, politicians, youth workers, parents and teachers – quite literally anybody and everybody.
“There are several incredible initiatives ongoing in the Met all aimed at supporting young people, including the KickOff@3 football scheme and various programmes that officers from across London are embedded in on a local level.
“We also have safer schools officers, our Volunteer Police Cadet programme, and our youth engagement teams which all work to build strong relationships with young people and provide support and guidance,” they added.