Slight improvement in the UK
It sounds from this story as if the improvement is essentially: "formerly, if you defended yourself in a very restrained way, we would prosecute you anyway and require you to prove your innocence: now we won't file charges." That this is viewed as a reform tells us all we need to know. Some persons quoted, tho, say it's no more than window-dressing.
"It came as it emerged that homeowners could have to wait up to three days after reporting a crime to see a police officer, according to a leaked draft of the Policing Green Paper.
It sets out new national standards for local policing for all 43 forces cross England and Wales.
Callers to the police will be given set times within which officers will attend an incident.
The paper says that this will be "within three hours it if requires policing intervention or three days if there is less immediate need for a police presence.""
When seconds count, the UK police are only hours away.
Posted by: Brian at July 16, 2008 02:27 PM
Well said, Brian. Poor British. What has your government done to you? :'(
Posted by: OryGunner at July 16, 2008 03:09 PM
Three hours? Wow, Britons must feel so much safer now.
Posted by: Brandon at July 16, 2008 04:12 PM
Jeebus! At least here in the Soviet Republik of Oregon the municipal policing agencies MAIL you a report form so that you can report your own crime, and they do it on the same shift as you report the crime on.
Posted by: Rivrdog at July 17, 2008 08:02 AM
The British need to adopt the custom of "shoot, shovel, and shut-up".
Posted by: Phillep at July 17, 2008 08:46 AM