I heard on the radio yesterday that South Yorkshire Police had released details of their financial support to their Police Band (via a freedom of info request). I think it was £180K over something like 8 years. There has been some critisism from some groups that this money could have been spent on crime reduction, but the force has said that the band is a great ambasador for the force. I agree that the band is very important and good value for money. I was just wondering what other opinions were about on here? I live in Sheffield and must say it's nice to know that a proportion of my Council Tax goes towards music.