Let me be clear, I would prefer you NOT on emergency calls at all, but actively stopping crime before it happens, as your original remit was once written... Traffic and a myriad of other roles should be hived off into some other entity and your policing in comparison to a football match is clearly softer and cuddly.You’re right those 1,000 plus people who were arrested was a direct result of police doing nothing. Again, with your extensive policing, human rights and legal experience tell us how you would have dealt with them with the extremely limited resources available and in a way that wouldn’t get you and your officers sacked and dragged through the courts.
Police have always chosen when and how to enforce the law it was called discretion until that became a dirty word. I choose not to arrest every beggar I see because it’s a massive waste of time and money. I’d like to think that all but the most simple minded would prefer I do this so I’m free to answer emergency calls.
On the 1000 Green Shirted Heroes arrested, how many were allowed back on the streets almost immediately ?? how many were detained for a week or more to cool there heels.