CONGRATS to the Big Apple on a welcome landmark.
Last week New York managed to get through a day without a single violent incident for the first time in living memory.
No-one was shot, stabbed or murdered in the City That Never Sleeps from Sunday night until Tuesday morning.
Although it was an unusually peaceful 36 hours, last week’s outbreak of calm is part of a wider trend which has seen crime on the once mean streets of New York plummet in the last two decades.
Back in the early 90s, about 2,000 people were killed in the Big Apple every year. Now it’s down to “only” 500.
I put the word only in inverted commas because, by British standards, 500 violent deaths in one city every 12 months still seems like an awful lot.
In London, which has a similar population to New York, some 101 people were killed in 2011/12.
In other words, even the new-look peaceful Big Apple is still five times more dangerous than Europe’s largest city.
But despite this, British politicians still fall over themselves to “learn lessons” from American policing, whether it’s zero tolerance, Tasers or even those new-fangled commissioners that no-one wanted.
Rather than taking policing lessons from one of the most violent countries in the world, shouldn’t the UK be trying to learn from some of the more peaceful places on the planet?
Never mind what the boys in blue do in New York – what do they do in Stockholm?