Tens of thousands of nightclub bouncers and private security guards could be given sweeping police-style powers.Oh, great! Licensing and empowering the sort of people usually employed in these functions? I can’t see a problem with this.
Senior police officers have ordered a dramatic expansion of a controversial scheme that allows authorised civilians to issue fines for littering and other minor offences.
They may also stop members of the public in the street, take their photograph and ask for their name and address.
Can anyone else?
Critics have called for a halt to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, saying it amounts to 'state-sanctioned vigilantism'.Ah. Right. Apart from that one.
So where does the money come into it?
The move is particularly controversial because Acpo is directly involved in approving private firms which want to join the CSAS.So, ACPO are on a nice little earner, aren’t they?
Security companies pay between £450 and £600 for an assessment by a private company owned by Acpo, and between £32 and £132 for each accredited employee.
Councils and other public sector organisations pay between £300 and £315 to be accredited, and £35 to £90 per employee.
And the article fails to mention that ACPO themselves are another of those private companies…
Naturally, the Opposition (Tory and Lib Dem) protested, but this fell on deaf ears:
Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies, speaking for Acpo, defended the scheme.All forms of harm?
He said: 'Accredited persons play a part in building safe and secure neighbourhoods.
'However, their role must remain distinct from that of police officers whose task is to uphold and enforce the law, tackling all forms of harm to the public and communities.'
Like shouty pensioners, for instance?