It's about priorities, as they see it obviously.
There are some interesting final last areas of closed shop in terms of public services requiring reform. I am the first one to accept that the work of the police force is challenging and sometimes dangerous. The respect and importance given to the service has in my view clouded the real problem of long overdue reform.
At worst it displays a frightening reactionary face where even simple reforms are met with resistance. Various Home Secretaries have bottled on the issue.
I would hate to be a Policeman, I do not envy them at all, and the target driven environment in which they work is I am sure very demoralising and inefficient for the tasks they face. The feeling though of being an unchallengeable law unto themselves must be addressed by a Home Secretary, one day.