After reading this article on Pistonheads, I was quite surprised to find that it said 'it is understood that police officers are furious at the reduction in their powers'. Well, I say surprised but in all honesty it is quite clear why they would be. After all, who would dare want a cut in the amount of paperwork over minor offences? Why try andÂ make it easier for officers to catch real criminals? How dare they take away the burden on officers to chase after motorists making petty mistakes?
This is yet another example of the police force making excuses not to function properly. By procedure taking precedence and paperworkÂ acting as theÂ hiding place, serious violent crime is on the increase; by 22% to be exact. Or is it? We can't really be sure, after all, police forces in England and Wales have been undercounting figures since 2007. Odd, considering that office work takes up so much of the average bobby's day.
These changes are great news for the rest of us. Although this story may only seem like a tussle between local authorities and the Met, it is a vital step in changing the lathargic, slovenly attitude that currently exists in police forces. This attitude is not just apparent in the Met either, and hopefully by recoiling the powers that police officers already have which are irrelevant and revenue based, the focus will shift to dealing with crimes which are actually important and need to be dealt with by the law, not a local authority.