Puts me in mind of my coppering days in the U.K. back in the last recession. I was Road Patrol and restricted to 25 miles a shift. The area I had to patrol would use more than that just getting from one end of our area to the other! Result was we spent most of the shift parked at the side of the road. We covered things like Serious Road Accidents etc so walking was not an option. We used to try and 'save' our miles for urgent calls but it never worked out like that. Once we got to our millage limit (not long on a 9 hour shift) we had to crave permission to exceed it if given calls thereafter. Bloody joke then....as it would be now.
Such measures as this are probably being enacted as I type.... :roll:
What is interesting is to look at police numbers over that last 30 years and then look at the number of crimes reported and those solved. There is a rather odd trend. The more PCs the fewer crimes cleared up and visa versa. :roll:
Sources to compare stats:
British Crime Survey
Record of Recorded Offences
Home Office Statistics Unit