Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Where have all the Coppers gone?

The Telegraph today carries this article saying that as few as 3 officers are available on night shifts in some of our towns. To those of us who live in Sussex, particularly in places like Mid Sussex this is not news. Sometimes we have only 3 or so to cover the whole of Mid Sussex.

So where are they? Filling out paper work. According to the report, despite Home Office pronouncements to reduce bureaucracy the situation seems to be getting worse.

Mind you, it does not help that police officers are issuing fixed penalty notices like this one here for a student who made a phallic snow sculpture. Bystander, a magistrate thinks he should not pay and go to court where it won't stand up!

Hat tip to Bystander's most excellent blog here.

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