Re: "crime in the UK is in decline"?
@ Charlie Clark
"What i do not understand, is that crime in the UK is in decline - as stated positively by the current government, so why we need IPA is an illogical requirement to meet tackling crime, which is actually in decline"
I would suggest that at best the crime level has remained the same, what has changed is the police responce or more accurately the lack of responce.
At one time we had bobbies i.e. police patrolling a set area where they knew everyone and were a deterent. Then everyone had cars and the police disconnected from society by leaving the streets to drive around instead. Then we had the number of police reduced as the onus moved to fixing the person reporting the crime rather than chasing the crime, then we reduce the policing levels futher and now you have big call centres with actual less police then when you started.
Disconnecting your police from the society it is supposed to serve removes their effectiveness as both a deterent and in collecting crime statistics and eventually pushes your public to deal with crime themselves i.e. vigilantes
If when you call to report a crime they fail to send out anyone or mark(for statistics) that a crime has occured then how can you accurately record crime levels.
Now we have armed police wandering around where they do not know the people or the area and they are just there as a comforter.When I see armed police enjoying the attention they get from being armed then I am alarmed not comforted.
If you are going to have an armed comfort presence then they should be using the army and the police should return to dealing with crime.
Alternatively you might consider addressing the reasons for "terrorist" attacks within your borders i.e. we ignored the dissidents when they were only complaining and thought they would just go away.
They have not gone away and they are going to continue attacking where we are weak because they can get attention that way.
Given the choice between living in a prision with armed warders or returning to unarmed bobbies and keeping the dissidents out/secured then the later would be my choice.
If the police are armed then so must the criminals be and both are unprepaired for the obvious outcome of amatures with guns, collateral damage i.e everyone else in the area