The Rutland Constabulary today announced plans to scrap it's murder squad and replace the entire unit with a new elite team of men out walking dogs.
With all police forces expected to find millions in efficiency savings, the move is expected to shave £1.3m off the annual budget. Explaining the move on behalf of the regional Police and Crime Commissioner, a spokesmen told reporters that "in the drive for efficiencies, we have to look at duplication of effort. A thorough search of the literature has shown that men out walking dogs have a much higher rate of finding dead bodies, therefore we feel they are better placed to do the work of our current murder squad."
Critics have already blasted the plans, claiming it's compulsory redundancies by the back door, but the PCC spokesman countered that, saying "there will be no compulsory lay-offs. Instead, all current murder detectives will be offered retraining in dog-walking with no effect on their terms and conditions."
Other forces are watching the plan closely as it goes into action before deciding on similar moves themselves, something which pleased the main dog-walking union, the UPDW. "This is vindication of our action in professionalising the dog-walking industry", the union said in a statement. "We have many members willing, ready and able to do this work right now. The fact that we've been discovering dead bodies on a casual basis for many years proves we're in the right place and the public can be confident that the level of service will not be adversely affected."