"Police officers are spending no more time on the beat now than they were two years ago, despite a series of initiatives intended to get them out of stations, the Government’s adviser on cutting red tape said yesterday. Jan Berry undermined the introduction of a Home Office White Paper on the future of policing by highlighting continuing problems with attempts to cut red tape and make efficiency savings. As the Government announced proposals to overhaul policing, including standard uniforms across England and Wales and officers patrolling alone in town centres, Ms Berry pointed to problems with Home Office efforts to change working practices. Many of the 27,000 portable hand-held computers given to officers in an attempt to keep them away from their desks are ineffective because they lack the right programs, she said." – The Times
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