Cameron wants to privatise the police force. Let’s just consider what this could mean.
A private security company is a commercial business that wants to make a profit. Remember the excesses of wheel clamping companies?
This would mean the following list of things could happen.
1 Many officers could be laid off and then re-employed as trainers on less money.
2 The people they are likely to train will be cheap foreign labour who come from countries with a different policing ethic. Third world policing methods will be the norm.
3 Incentive bonus schemes will encourage officers to go for the easiest arrest that best benefit their pocket. Instead of warnings being given to miscreants they are likely to be given a fixed penalty ticket or arrested.
4 Investigating time-consuming serious crime will be put on the back burner as there would be no money in it.
The general public and society as a whole will be the ones to suffer and we should do all we can to encourage the Police Federation to fight these proposals. It should be noted that a privatised police force would actually violate our Constitution which has protected us from tyrannical leaders and rulers for over a thousand years. Any violation of the constitution would constitute an act of treason.
Jack Lewis, Ely