At a time when Officer numbers may be getting lower getting rid of this system would free up so much Police time to allow them to concentrate on more serious and life changing problems.
It would also stop people getting "named" as suspects in crime reports when no crime has been commited.
WIth these detection figures officers have to name a suspect and show a disposal even if the person reporting it does not want the suspect speaking to.
Some people just want the Police to help them with advice. If a person contacts Police now and states his neighbour has damaged his fence and he wants him speaking to and not arresting, officers hands are tied. This would have to be reported as a crime and the neighbour listed as a suspect. This is not only against the callers wishes but also takes a great deal of Police time and paper work to deal with,