New Home Office guidance sent out today will see all UK police associations sign up new standards over the amount of excessive force that should be used.
Theresa May has been critical of the disparity in levels of excessive force being used and claimed that current guidelines "were not fit for purpose" and that "the modern police needs to exercise an amount of excessive force that the public can trust and rely upon".
However the Police Union has criticised the latest guidelines as "red tape which will ultimately undermine our rich tradition of beating up a few guilty looking sorts" and they also warned that this "could be the thin end of the wedge" which could lead to a "further hampering of our members abilities to do the jobs we're paid to do. Today it might be excessive force, tomorrow might be telling us we can't take back handers from local businessmen or a reduction in the amount of openly racist behaviour".
There have been many high priority examples of inappropriate levels of excessive force being used; during recent G8 protests in London many riot police were seen to openly clip protesters around the ears whilst giving them a stern talking to; whilst local headlines were made in Cumbria when a motorist going 2mph over the speed limit had been dragged from her car, kneecapped, been given a stern talking to and then dropped into a tank of flesh eating piranhas.
Under the new code of conduct both instances would be dealt with by a chinese burn and having a rotund junior officer jump upon the tagets feet a few times before a stern talking to could be administered.