Top Aussie comedian Jim Jeffries came face-to-face with suspected criminals after taking a ride with Birmingham coppers to find out what it was like policing the murder capital of the UK.
In the six-minute film, made for his show on Comedy Central, the comic is left dumbfounded by the way our bobbies police the streets with just “pepper spray and a stick”.
The hilarious video sees Jim ride along with Inspector Matt Minton and Sergeant Leanne Chapman and sees the pair stop suspected burglars and drug dealers.
Jim Jefferies in ride along with West Midlands Police
The 40-year-old compares gun crime in Birmingham to levels in the city’s Alabama namesake and comes to the realisation that “cops seem less on edge here than in the US.”
Inspector Minton tell Jeffries he’s come up against swords, machetes and knives armed with just pepper spray and a baton.
He adds that guns are less prevalent that the US and harder to get hold of.
Birmingham is the murder capital of the UK – with 13 homicides in 2016.
Jim Jefferies spent the day with West Midlands Police
But in Birmingham Alabama, a city with a quarter of the population, the figures is EIGHT TIMES that, with 104 murders in 2016.
Jeffries seems baffled at the scale of violent incidents that officers will deal with without the need for weapons.
“If they have a samurai sword for example, we might deploy firearm officers to that,” explains Sergeant Chapman.
They add that police will talk to suspects to de-escalate a situation rather than call in the big guns.
The footage shows the cops arrest two burglary suspects, with one protesting “Honestly bab, I’ve never done a burglary!”
The Youtube clip has been viewed more than 172,000 times.