"Something has gone seriously wrong with the way we carry out policing in this country", so says the Daily Telegraph, commenting on a report by the Audit Commission and published today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Commenting, the Daily Telegraph writes: "It is not "inevitable", as Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said recently that budget cuts will mean fewer officers on the streets. A better use of back-office staff, many of whom release the police for other duties, could save hundreds of millions without affecting the frontline.".
Exactly - and the government could start by disbanding Orde and bloody ACPO!