Watching the news this morning and the foot & mouth outbreak, I was not too surprised to see Dibble's human resources (again) being utilised in a rather wasteful manner. What's the point in having two fully-trained police officers manning a cordon in the middle of nowhere - especially as they're always playing the lack of resources card. There were plenty of shots of rozzers looking bored out of their sculls, wandering through fields and generally standing around waiting for the odd vehicle to pitch up so's they could divert it away. Anyone who's done rural VCPs knows how boring it can be. Is this the way to properly utilise the police? What is sorely needed is a uniformed organisation with the same clout/power in times of emergency to lift the burden from an already overburdened (so they say) force. It would have to be military in nature to fulfil the role effectively. The TA goes some way towards this, but something else is needed whether it be Militia, Special Reserve or HSF. There are plenty of individuals out there with prior service who are now slightly past TA service requirements, but who would still be ideally suited for manning VCPs, cordons, decontam facilities and key points for any number of reasons not necessarily connected to foot & mouth outbreaks. There are probably thousands of people who would relish the opportunity to don DPM again in a useful role. Mobilised service would not necessarily be paid, but expenses could be covered in much the same way as the Special Constabulary. Uniform and training would be minimal and units could either be badged/affiliated to local units as lodgers - like the old Special/Supplementary Reserve Militia and HSF, or as a separate organisation with specified muster locations: police, fire stations etc. One thing there would be is enthusiasm and camaraderie - the former attribute being noticeably absent from the copper behind the cordon on TV this morning. The taxpayer might be happier too.