HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, Paddy Tomkins, has proposed setting up a new FBI-style Agency to carry out Counter-Terrorism and other Specialist Duties in Scotland. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7125160.stm Tomkins believes this will release police officers carrying out these duties at present so they can concentrate on "normal" policing. I think the idea has merit; senior coppers are always moaning about new responsibilities and lack of resources. A new Agency, IF( )it was properly funded, would take a lot of the strain off the existing forces. Agencies like this can work; the SCDEA is proof of that. But like I said, it would need to be properly funded. And if it works in Scotland, no reason it can't be rolled out across the rest of the UK.