British trust in police was at an all time low and the morale of officers had nose-dived, at the end of 2012. News that former members of the military, business leaders and foreign officers may be fast-tracked into senior posts has not been well received.
The UK Home Affairs Committee chairman, Labour MP Keith Vaz, has warned that this year's revelations relating to British police forces have damaged the public's perception of law officers and resulted in a dip in trust.
British Police say they are investigating a case of murder after remains of a woman were discovered on the Queen's estate at Sandringham on New Year's Day. The remains were discovered close to the village of Anmer by someone walking a dog.
In a move that's bound to provoke controversy, Home Office Police Minister Tony McNulty has given his approval for police use of taser guns against children. His opinion is that the dangers of serious injury or death is low.