Just one in five cops in Britain's biggest force have confidence in 999 police service

And less than a third of Met officers have confidence in their top brass, an internal staff survey reveals.

Only 35 per cent believe they have the right equipment and a mere 27 per cent would recommend the London force as “a great place to work”.

The low morale levels emerged during an exodus of detectives.

More than 30 applied for a transfer to Surrey Police on a single day last week after chiefs told 122 working in South London they must travel to the opposite side of the capital to work.

Sources also told The Sun some direct-entry graduate detective constables are already leaving after doing 12- week courses started this year.

The Met is believed to be around 800 detectives below strength, with forces across England and Wales battling a shortfall of 5,000.

Former Met detective chief inspector Mick Neville said: “This survey shows the Metropolitan Police are in crisis — who can be surprised that crime is increasing day on day?”

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball insisted: “Many results are encouraging. We are proud of our staff. We acknowledge there is important work to do.”

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