Some police officers are "barely literate" because the educational standards required to join the service are so low, claims Tom Winsor
, the lawyer reviewing police conditions. He says reading, writing and mathematical skills have fallen "significantly" since the 1930s.
From personal experience, one can attest that this is all too true (not that I was around in the 30s, but I get the drift). And when they give them guns, it gets really scary.