'In March last year, The Independent reported that there were: “Plans for private police officers to patrol three of the most expensive and privileged areas of London. The private company, TM Eye is to patrol 250 residences in a scheme that plans to place 20 officers on the streets of Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Belgravia where the average price of a property (an apartment) is £1.3 million.
Last November TruePublica wrote an article – Powers of Arrest, Restraint and Detention – Policing To Be Privatised.
We reported, amongst other things that 38 Degrees, the online campaigners had started a petition reaching nearly 200,000 signatures to stop private police forces to be given powers of arrest becoming the norm in Britain. 38 Degrees wrote:
“In a shocking 290m privatisation deal, Serco and G4S – the same two companies who were stripped of contracts for tagging prisoners because a Serious Fraud Office investigation revealed they were charging for tagging people who didn’t exist – are going to be trusted with the handcuffs by the government.
Essentially, the proposals would see G4S staff given the powers of Civilian Enforcement Officers. That is, authorised officers/employees of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service becoming vested with the power to seize and sell goods to recover money owed under fines and community penalty notices, and to execute warrants of arrest, committal, detention and distraint.
The sticking point here is that although much of the recovery and enforcement arms of the Court service has long been outsourced to ‘Authorised’ Enforcement Officers (employees of various other private companies), the line has until now been drawn at outsourcing the power of arrest. No more.”
In return, clients get a ‘meet-and-greet’ service from their car or the Tube, and have a hotline to their bobby whose location they can track on their iPad.
Since then, the Daily Mail has reported that: “Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh described the rise of private detectives as a ‘staggering indictment’ of the state of policing. ‘Eventually there will be a two-tier system with the haves and the have-nots, and if you have money and live in a £20million house in Chelsea you can pay for private security,’ he said.”
Well, that’s already arrived.'
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