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BIRMINGHAM Mail OurSay WHEN West Midlands Police announced plans to enforce regulation A19 - meaning any officers with more than 30 years service will be made to retire - many of us had misgivings.

The cost cutting means that 649 of the region's most experienced officers will leave over the next four years.

Anyone reading today's interview with Det Chief Supt Mick Treble will feel a chill at the thought of such a wealth of knowledge leaving en masse.

Police work is not just about forensics coming up with a DNA match.

As the investigation into the death of Betty Elaine Jakovic shows, it is also about subtle arts learned after years and years on the force.

It was only through skilled questioning and police work that suspect Darren Leach cracked and confessed to the killing.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that 'front line' police officers should be protected from the budget cuts.

Officers such as Det Chief Supt Treble ARE the front line.

They stand between law abiding citizens and those who would do them harm.

The police authorities have a difficult job to make cuts without harming crimefighting.

The Mail says that these officers have much l to give. The thought of the potential consequences give pause for thought. How many crimes will go unsolved, criminals unpunished and victims with no justice without these officers around? We wash our hands of such experience at our peril.

THE selfish consequences of fly tipping are today revealed.

Eight million pounds which could be better spent on providing school books for children or looking after the elderly is instead going to clear up 36,000 tonnes of waste dumped around the city.

The scale of the problem is just incredible - hard pressed council workers have been swamped with more than 12,000 cases of people leaving rubbish such as tyres, building waste, and furniture around the city in 12 months. All this and only six people have been prosecuted.

There is just one answer. More enforcement action with severe penalties for those turning Birmingham into a dump.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 25, 2011
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