They don't make me feel safe, quite the opposite in fact. I have a female friend who is 19 who got attacked about 2 weeks ago. Phoned the police and it was like it was more than their jobs worth to attend to it.
I too have been the "victim" of the Hampshire constabulary. I was picking up a drunken friend of mine who foolishly put his foot in the path of one of my wheels. Not a big issue; he ended up with a bruse (I cant spell bruse) on his big toe. However a policeman saw it and decided to run it through as an RTI. Breathalysed me etc etc and I had to report to a police station within 7 days with all my paperwork. This meant a trip back to Norfolk to collect my MOT certificate. I was not impressed.
So yes, I don't like the local "bacon". They don't appear to have done anything for me so far, but have caused me a great deal of inconvenience. By contrast the local plod back in Norfolk are totally the opposite. We had a wheel barrow stolen from the garden. They sent an officer round who looked at our CCTV, took the tape away, questioned various locals in did find the guy who took it! I suppose it's just the difference between scummy city police and county Bobby's who have nothing to do but investigate wheel barrows and sheep rustlers.
Here endith the rant.