Policing Talking Point:
The Daily Mail's Stephen Glover thinks people want bobbies on the beat and they expect burglaries and similar crimes to be investigated — minor to some police chiefs, perhaps, but major, traumatic events in their lives. It will be a dereliction of duty if officers retreat further from investigating these matters. The police could do more for less, if their bosses were made to think afresh. None of us should be taken in when they are invited to clamber aboard the latest BBC anti-austerity bandwagon.
In The Times Ross Clark says it isn’t so much that police officers have left the beat in favour of smarter ways of solving and preventing crime. It is more a case of them being sucked from boring, everyday stuff to high-profile investigations and pointless shows of strength. They need a beat to bring them back to earth.
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