Before today I'd only ever seen one policeman from my window, and he was on his way back to the nick with a takeaway from Greggs. But this morning I spotted an officer having a close look at some cars across the street, although I don't imagine that the police will ever do anything about the scum who park on the private spaces that we residents have paid for. That would be a civil matter.
And why The Times? Benedict Le Vay (third letter down) knows what the public want.
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The prime function of the police service is the maintenance of The Queen's peace.
20 November 2005, 23:00:32 GMT
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The Pedant-General in Ordinary
But they could as well be reading the Torygraph or the IndescribablyDreadful today as they both carry the same letter.
Indeed, the first letter in the Torygraph would make much more uncomfortable reading:
"to maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen;"
Large posters with Peel's Principles in every cop shop: that's the stuff.
18 November 2005, 15:53:21 GMT
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