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.""