"but I didnt do it...."
" I only said I did it so they'd take my nuts out of the Cobra tank..."
The Police are nothing more than a joke now. Its so bad its embarrassing. I live in the town where that kid was arrested for planning a water fight ffs - even 1000 water pistols do not make a regiment of M16/M203s.. whats the charge? Going equipped to give someone a cold? Thanks Mason, you've changed Colchester from the oldest recorded town in England to, in the eyes of the world, the dumbest, in one fell swoop. Congrats on that, im sure you will get the keys to the town for this days work. My great great (great?) uncle was the Mayor of the town in the late 1800s early 1900s, poor old Uncle Wilson must be spinning in his grave fast enough to light half of Highwoods...
The police are corrupt from top to bottom and thats giving them the best of it - the worst is probably not pronounceable in polite company. Even Gene "spastic in a magnet factory" Hunt would be preferable to this shower.
Ooh look, I completely mullered my job, took bribes and basically acted like a criminal in public office - so I'll resign and get off scot free. Thats what it amounts to.
The police are not respected and havent been for a long time, feared yes, but those are two different things. I might also venture to suggest, that the fear is also beginning to wear away, helped in no small part by idiotic arrests such as the Colchester lad who was apparently going to start the next armageddon with a bunch of mates armed with water pistols...
And why is nothing being done? because the majority of people who have nothing to do with the police still think they are mixture between frigging Camberwick Green and Mrs Marple and that the sun shines out of their righteous behinds. The reality is somewhat different, and the faster the general populace realise that the only safety the police have any interest is their own, the better things will be.