On Saturday evening SMW and her husband were returning home and came across an intoxicated man who had assaulted a woman. When the two male police officers arrived on the scene, the woman (ie the victim) did more to detain the suspect than the 'officers.'
One force now has more civilian staff than officers. The relentless drive to replace traditional policemen and women is damaging the resilience of the service, the Police Federation warns.
The number of "unaccountable, unidentifiable" police staff has almost doubled in the last decade while officer numbers have risen by just 16 per cent, research for the organisation has found.
Just another reminder that if you cannot look out for yourself you should not be walking the streets of London.