She’s smiling because she thinks she has found a way to increase police effectiveness without having to spend more money. In fact, it’s an open opportunity for widespread corruption [Image: PA].

Does anybody else relish the thought of members of the public, unqualified, with none of the responsibilities or obligations of police officers, carrying out police investigations?

What about the fact that Theresa May’s new plan relies on volunteers – people who won’t receive any payment for the work they carry out with the police?

In those circumstances, what’s to stop any of these unpaid ‘volunteers’ from seeking a little extra remuneration through the use of the private information to which they will be provided access, if May’s Snooper’s Charter finally gets the Royal Assent?

This is an open invitation for people to take part in cybercrime, not help stop it.

New civilian recruits will help police solve cybercrime under a expansion of the role of volunteers, due to be unveiled by the home secretary.

Mrs May’s proposals are set to include a whole raft of measures to give more power to support staff and volunteers.

Forces will be able to identify volunteers who specialise in accountancy or computing for cyber and finance inquiries, she said.

She was “committed to finishing the job of police reform”, she added.

It seems this ‘reform’ won’t be complete until May has got rid of paid police altogether.
Source: Civilians to help police investigate cybercrimes, says Theresa May – BBC News

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