I estimate the other 5% of police activity - equivalent say to 1,650 full time officers in London - is anti-terrorism and other specialist squads (art, antiques, serious and organised crime) etc. Cyber and online crime and fraud is becoming increasingly important - so say this side of policing will need to expand to 10% of plod time.
You don't have to be a personnel officer (sorry, Human Resources Specialist) to work out that we really need two types of plod; on the one hand beefy, unexcitable, grounded plods who can cuff a drunk or disperse a wall of yardies, and on the other slim-fingered geeks who can touch-type and write Android apps. The first type need to be able to read and write, preferably in cursive script, and be happy to walk sixteen miles a day. The second are graduate types.
We can get there by slowly turning PCSOs into Type 1 plods - giving them powers of arrest, and including them in 'police constable in uniform' legislation. For Type 2 plods, evidence of graduate-calibre ability should be required. Type 2s will obviously earn more, and be in the minority - so expect last ditch resistance from the Fed.
This will also allow Type 1 plods to be increasingly responsible to local Watch Committees for management and deployment whilst the Home Office ratchets up its empire of Type 2s.
Not tomorrow but say by