- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
In that situation, calling 911 to report a crime in progress might get a single squad car showing up a few hours later with a disgruntled LEO who will take statements, gather evidence, and leave. That crap gets dropped off to other indifferent individuals, either LEO working office gigs because they couldn't hack street work (they're screw ups), or massively overworked civilian technicians, who have months of back log to enter it into system. Then an overworked, completely cynical detective with a completely unrealistic number of open cases assigned to them, is supposed to solve it, and provide a strong case to the DA's office that leads to high conviction rates so the DA looks good, for them to run for further office.
I'm not sure what the exact legal duties of police are in England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland presumaby are different, as NI is/as a special case in the UK and Scotland has its own laws), but things have deteriorated over the years due to funding cuts. Certainly in big cities, there is almost no community policing any more, where a policeman would patrol a specified area and get to know the residents there - the "local bobby". In an attempt to to shore up police numbers, many forces now have PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) - basically, part time volunteer police, who dress like regular police, except for the big PCSO sign on their high-visibility jackets, and have some, but not necessarily all of the powers and responsibilities of regular police.