Only one in 58 police officers is out on patrol at any given time, despite an increase in officer numbers, new Home Office figures show.
Just 2,400 out of a record 143,000 officers in England and Wales are out deterring criminals and reassuring the public - about four per town of 90,000 people - while more than twice as many are back at the police station doing paperwork.
The Home Office said the police had many other important front line duties apart from patrolling.
Ed: "Tough on crime - Tough on the causes of crime." Does that ring any bells?