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The NYPD has become a hot topic in the mayor’s race — in London.

Across the pond, insurgent candidates are looking to the fabled New York police force as a model for curbing violent crime — which has exploded under the leadership of current London Mayor Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party.

“Crime is on everyone’s mind in London. London used to be such a safe city,“ Shaun Bailey, a member of the London Assembly and the Conservative Party candidate for mayor, told The Post. “If you look at what happened [in NYC] in the ’90s, your mayors backed the police to make changes they needed to do and that’s something I really will be doing.

“I think Bill de Blasio reminds me of Sadiq Khan. They have not delivered safety on the streets that people are after. Our mayor has been very focused on defunding the police and been very vocal about blaming other people.”

Bailey, 49, was born into a poor Jamaican-British family in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington, and said nixing cops only hurts communities like the one he grew up in.

“All of the traditional things, drug dealing, prostitution, gang crime, were rife and I quickly realized that to be safe in this community we needed a relationship with the police force,” he said.

Far from defunding bobbies, Bailey has taken a page from the Curtis Sliwa playbook and called for hiring 8,000 more of them. In a 2018 article titled “Take lessons from New York and get our police officers back on the beat,” Bailey argued that his city should adopt the NYPD’s state of the art Domain Awareness System to better track London’s criminals.

Laurence Fox, a conservative-leaning British actor also running for mayor under his newly formed “Reclaim” Party, also sees the NYPD as a model force.

“Knives in London are what guns are in America. It’s the weapon of choice,” he said. “We are like New York in the ’90s.

“I will bring in tough New York-style ‘broken windows’ policing to end the petty crime that blights our communities, and free up officers to police streets not tweets,” Fox offered in a March 27 tweet — one of several that championed the NYPD’s famed crackdown on quality-of-life crimes that is widely credited for turning the tide against violent crime in the Big Apple.

Fox, 42, is most well known for his role in the Netflix series “White Lines” and recently faced a minor professional cancellation after saying on the BBC that it was “racist” to refer to him as a “white privileged male.” His candidacy has been endorsed by the populist Brexit boss and Trump superfan Nigel Farage.

Both Fox and Bailey said they would be keen to bring over NYPD consultants to assist them at beefing up the metro police.

Though Khan has a history of raising police budgets, he revealed in June that the London bobbies could suffer more than $150 million in cuts as a result of lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. He has more recently called for funding guarantees to allow for new police officers.

Crime has risen consistently since Khan, 49, was first elected mayor in 2016. While London, like most of Europe, does not suffer from America’s epidemic of gun violence, murders have spiked.

In 2019, homicide in the city hit a 10 year high, with 150 cases. That figure tapered off in 2020 to 126 but remains well above the 94 killings recorded in 2014.

London voters will head to the polls on May 6.

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