No, Sir. I do not think it would make for efficiency to create this degree of specialisation inside the police force or to recruit as police officers persons who would be unfit for the full range of police duties. It is desirable in order to retain the active interest of police officers in their duties that their work should be as varied as possible.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in these days when our Police Force is tremendously depleted, many police officers are engaged in clerical or traffic duties who could otherwise be engaged in crime prevention and detection, and will he now consider some reduced standard of entry for people who can do such work?
No, Sir. I have discussed this matter with a good many senior police officers and with men of lower ranks. It is very desirable that it should be possible to give a wide change of duty to all police officers and the introduction of a specialist class militates against that course.