Iâm not thinking of the big stuff here, more the little things that make up most peoples experiences of the police. Over the past few years there has been a constant trickle of stories about the police that result in the cries of âpolitical correctness gone madâ or âuseless jobsworthâ. In many of these stories there are examples of a target driven culture or in the cases of have-a-go-heroes and the like a culture of âno one enforces the law but usâ. Now, Iâve not had many dealings with the police save for an RTC a couple of years ago, so most of my knowledge of the subject is anecdotal. It seems to me that the idea of âno one enforces the law but usâ is unworkable unless there are enough police to attend all incidents quickly. Not eventually, but quickly. As an example how would the scenario of a parent defending their bullied son by verbally threatening the mid teenage bully be seen by the police? I use this scenario because the parent in this case is someone I know. Following a complaint by the bully, the parent was taken by the police for questioning (fair one) and told not to do it again (again, fair one). The Sgt that told him this seemed unimpressed at the parentsâ indifference to the warning, the statement that heâs going to carry on looking after his boy and the question of what should he do instead. The Sgt opined that the police should be called if it was happening again but why bother? Who would expect a response from the police within a few minutes to a call of âMy boyâs being bullied by a bigger boyâ? In my mind this mentality is the big failure of the way that our country is policed. We know that the police are not omnipresent, are fallible (ie human) and are the official enforcement of the law. However they act as they have to in order to preserve what authority they carry, thereby pretending that they are omnipresent, infallible and the only mechanism for upholding the law. What Iâm after is what can be done to redress this? Is what we have really the best balance we can strike or is there a better way of policing the country. PCSOâs arenât the answer and I donât want to pay for a massive hike in council tax to pay for more plod, so what could be done? Finally donât let this turn into a âplod are crapâ thread, or itâll be in the hole within the hour!