The old Bloxwich Police Station was the epitome of how policing used to be. In the 70s and 80s most local police stations had their own cell-blocks and locally-based officers would deal with locally arrested persons in them
. Custody procedures were paper-based but not that time consuming and officers did not have to travel far. Nowadays many local police stations are being closed. Local custody facilities are a thing of the past with ‘super custody hubs’ currently in vogue, and everything is computerised. Officers have to travel further and the rules appertaining to arrest have changed so that officers have to meet a higher threshold before taking someone into custody. Therefore it is not surprising that fewer arrests are being made.