As reported by the BBC:
… Chief Constable Brian Moore urged the public not to call with things “clearly not matters for us to deal with”.
Mr Moore said cutting down on the number of irrelevant calls from members of the public was also essential.
“Don’t waste my time,” he said.
“Don’t call us for things that are clearly not matters for us to deal with.
“We don’t have the time to do that – we never have had but we particularly don’t have now.”
… The chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority, Christopher Hoare, said they were working “to ensure that the public only call the police when they need them for policing work”.
… Kate Pain, from the Wiltshire Police Federation, said officers want to get back to “core policing” and “can’t do everything for everybody”. […] “So as a result of the cuts and our restructuring we are going to have to be quite clear in our message about what is and is not a police matter.”
The message seems pretty clear. Cuts are reducing the ability of the police to perform their role. OK.
Now fast forward now to a piece in the Daily Wail:
School truants are being hauled out of bed by police and escorted to classes in a patrol car.
Officers are clamping down on truants by calling at the homes of any pupils who fail to turn up to school without a reason.
If they are still in bed, police get the parents to wake them up before driving them to lessons.
Clearly those deep, far reaching, unprecendented cuts are having a major impact on front line policing. That or Wiltshire Police have forgotten all those things they were saying last year before telling the public how officers are being deployed to round up children and masquerade as school bus drivers.