The police would say that, wouldn't they? It deflects from what everybody observed at the time, that the police were a shambles.
Cut their pay, and train them harder. They may begin to resemble a disciplined organisation.
I have counted a number of both uniformed and plain clothes policemen among my friends, family and acquaintances over the years. The loudest voice of protest about the absurdly high pay levels for young recruits in London came from a serving officer. You cannot pretend that the police service is disciplined in the same way that the other services in this country are, instructions from senior officers are ignored by policemen on the beat, who in turn take their cue from the way that senior officers ignore their own duties to play politics. My grandfathers observation as a policeman was that most of the crime in our town was actually committed by police officers, on several occassions there was good reason to suppose that shop break-ins had been done by them. We now read in the papers that the man on trial for manslaughter during the course of his duties was 'shocked by film of his actions'. He shouldn't have been. He had been the cause of a similar incident previously in his career (though there were no cameras available to document that incident).