There's a bizarre recruitment ad on the telly for Police Community Support Officers. It's an animation in which various street scenes are played out - a kind of 'day in the life' of a plastic policeman.
The bit that makes me laugh is when the PCSOs approach a group of ASBOs, who are loitering on a street corner somewhere. Plod says - more in sorrow than anger - "Come on now. Other people live around here..."
What exactly do you think the reaction of the hoodies would be to this particular approach?
Would it be:
"Oh, I'm terribly sorry, officer. How inconsiderate of me. I'll move on now."
A momentary look of incomprehension followed by the flash of a blade.
Answers on a postcard.