mattwnz: Maybe we need more police then, or different levels of police. The current policing system is probably out of date anyway, as society has changed a lot.
More Police would help. With the current system, they don't respond fast enough.
We alerted them to children being beaten in the back yard when we lived in Mt Roskill. It took then 35 minutes to arrive. When they did, there were 4 fully loaded patrol cars, a station wagon with two dogs and 3 other footmen that jumped the fence that we could not see. I thought to myself "If only they had two show up first, they might have been able to save some time". I didn't report 20 offenders, I reported 2!
Police do have access to a semi-automatic rifle if required, but need the permission to use it. All good and well. But they need to show up before first before that is going to be of any use to me or my family.