Are the police good value for money? The Taxpayers' Alliance returns to this. Certainly the impression is of a police force with the wagons circled against public scrutiny.
In The Policeman's Blog are examples of some of the pointless ways the police are forced to waste their time and ours.
Not in my name, and I suspect not in the name of their communities. Local democratic accountability would probably be a lot less comfortable to the senior hierarchy. But maybe the bobbies on the ground might welcome it.