Foreign News: Yard's Year

Scotland Yard was ready to admit that perhaps it was not the world's best police force when in 1932 what Britain called a crime wave brought London 23 murders, 13,800 burglaries. What shocked the new Commissioner, big-framed, bigger-voiced Hugh Montague ("Boom") Trenchard, Baron Trenchard, was the discovery that the Yard's crack men rose in rank not by ability but by seniority. He soon found out that the Vienna police force was not only the world's best but also the most educated. Every Viennese police lieutenant has a law degree. "Boom" Trenchard began scouting...

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