A policeman's lot or a lot of police?

PUBLISHED: 13:24 18 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

IN 1964, some 42 years ago, the total number of police in the Isle of Ely was about 150. They provided 24-hour cover, 365 days a year and the main police stations at Ely, March and Wisbech were open 24 hours a day, every day. How things change. I note fro

IN 1964, some 42 years ago, the total number of police in the Isle of Ely was about 150.

They provided 24-hour cover, 365 days a year and the main police stations at Ely, March and Wisbech were open 24 hours a day, every day.

How things change. I note from your story last week that 250 officers travelled hundreds of miles to carry out nine raids and were helped by a helicopter. All for one days work which no doubt incurred overtime and subsistence.

I cannot attempt to cost this exercise but it is easy to see why Council Tax is so high.

Perhaps a return to old-fashioned policemen on the beat would be an advantage, especially if they kept an eye on what was happening in the area for which they were responsible.

BERNARD HOTSON

St Leonards Road

Eastbourne

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