There’s a lot of fuss on police blogs about the way we end up with no cops available to do coppering and loads of civvies and cops doing civvie work whilst keeping police pay and allowances. No doubt truth underlies this somewhere. The Netherlands has always seemed way ahead of the UK to me as a civilised nation and they have around 25 regionalised forces and a national coordinating unit. When we were competing with the Dutch for world dominance through sailing ships and trade, Brits were inclined to say ‘and the Devil shits Dutchmen’. We once learned a great deal from them and they once provided our King when all we could come up with were homosexual Scots (hardly a preclusion, but distinctly clueless).
The link above gives some detail on their police organisation and one wonders whether we should seek an expert from their ranks to reorganise ours. This would make a lot of sense if our SMTs are as bad as often claimed from within the ranks, and they also have a proper police union. One can see bureaucracy afoot in the PDF, but also some moves to counter it on a project team basis. The general British reaction is stuff like ‘we do all this already’, but I doubt we understand the extent to which we have become rutted through our failures. We probably need a radical shake-up to be able to innovate again and may have to copy a working model in the first place because we have become so reactionary and ‘stiff’.