We would all like to return to those far off days when the bobby on the beat was a common sight in our cities and towns.
The Chief Constable's sterling efforts to create a greater sense of community policing is facing a stern challenge in parts of west Belfast, in particular, as dissidents try to drive the neighbourhood police officers back into their armoured cars. Such is the level of threat that the officers have to have escorts.
This is a clear campaign to drive a wedge between local communities and the PSNI, because the dissidents fear people giving information to the police. Ordinary people can beat the dissidents by keeping the flow of information going and creating the sort of police service that they want.