Private police – or protection racket?

We all knew the day would come when the Tories would try to fob us off with privatised police rather than a proper service. That day is here.

The Evening Standard rather glowingly reports:

Britain’s first private police force is set to be rolled out across the nation following its success in three of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.

The force, called My Local Bobby, makes citizens arrests and can gather evidence to launch private prosecutions.

Clients who pay up to £200-a-month are given a direct line to a local officer, who they can also track on an iPad, and enjoy a meet-and-greet service from Tube stations or cars.

So you pay £200 per month for the protection of this organisation, while your neighbours can go whistle. And the state-run police can’t help because they have been starved of funds while the Home Office tries to deport our fellow UK citizens.

Notice that it was piloted in three of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. The aim is to make money, not to tackle crime.

It looks like a protection racket to This Writer. What do you think?

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10 thoughts on “Private police – or protection racket?

  1. NMac

    Tories want privatisation for one reason and one reason alone – so that they and their equally loathsome cronies can make themselves wealthy at public expense. This is one of their most sinister and nasty ideas yet.

  2. Stu

    Absolutely agree.
    What’s the difference between this and a gangster rolling up saying “Give me £200 a month and I’ll make sure nothing happens to you”

    It’s all part of the divisive two-tier US style services that we have seen more and more where you pay “a liitle” more and get a gold/platinum service and “be the envy of your neighbours”

  3. J Edington

    “Across the nation”? Is that the English nation or the UK one? I suspect they’d get short shrift if they tried it on north of the border.

  4. Carol Fraser

    Police, prison, NHS, education, fire, security, army, navy, airforce are all services requiring special dedicated personnel. All of these can and sometimes are corrupted but the incidence of that is very low. This, however, is corruption on a plate. Wait until one gets killed.

  5. Pat Sheehan

    My ‘Local Bobby’! How nice! On the telly at 2pm? Just like the ‘old days’! Bet they’ve got retro bikes too and hang around under street lights to scare off the gangstas. Old people are just gonna love this. Hot on cyber crime too! You couldn’t make it up – but they just did! The ‘conservatives’ again: it’s a disease surely!

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