Old Time Bobbies !
We had a Police Sgt moved to our estate when I was a kid.
Black Bart, we christened him.
If we had to go past his house we always crossed the road to opposite side of street and went into silent mode.
He took no prisoners, Cum here lad. You came and trembled.
Dixon of Dockgreen with a big stick.
I personally blame the BBC and that TV series Grange Hill, educating children they had rights.
"Gene Hunt" may be a refugee from fashion, but one has to say that the character's very popularity seem to indicate that many would like to see coppers who did not feel as constrained by regulations as they seem to be these days.