Saw this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2303545/Police-get-three-hours-to-respond-to-999-calls.html and it really does raise the question of what the police are actually for. I remember reading some advice somewhere that if your house gets burgled you should ring the local plod, and if anyone actually answers tell them you've been burgled and they've taken everythinhg including your computer and all your paedophile files and they'll be round in 5 minutes. More important I remember reading an article about a year ago about a village up in arms because the police wanted to build a riot training centre nearby. In the course of that it was mentioned that there are already 6 or 7 such centres scattered round the country and in operation for something like 187 days a year. Protection from crime and criminals, or the muscle end of politics, you decide. On the bright side, I suppose they are between you chaps and bayonetting civilians.