UK Liberty

Accreditation Scheme half-baked

Posted in state-citizen relationship, surveillance society by ukliberty on August 27, 2008

The BBC:

A scheme which gives “policing” powers to civilians in England and Wales has been described as “half-baked” by the Police Federation.

I object to the use of the word “civilian” – if you are non-military you are a civilian, so the police are civilian just like the rest of us. Remember the seventh Principle of Policing:

To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Back to the BBC:

More than 1,400 people can hand out fines for littering, seize alcohol from underage drinkers and demand names and addresses of those who are anti-social.

Mr Smyth said the public did not understand why “someone with a small badge” was “telling them what to do”.

“I think it’s going to lead to confrontation,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.

“Are we really saying now that we’re going to put people out there with little or no training,” he asked.

Referring to the figures, he said 255 people “have the power to stop me while I’m driving my car when a plain-clothed police officer can’t do that”.

“That seems ludicrous to me,” Mr Smyth added. …

Of course, the Government’s solution would be to give the police officer that power as well.


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  1. cj said, on August 29, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Enough policing already!

    They’re at it again – The liberal paternalists are proposing to ban the display of tobacco in shops and are currently soliciting the opinion of their electorate. Banishing cigarettes will cost ordinary taxpayers more money, inconvenience thousands of consumers, and threaten the livelihoods of shopkeepers all over the UK.

    I’m sick and tired of more of the same from Nanny – obsessed with dictating how people live their lives but sweeping the big issues, like knife crime and recession, under the carpet. They’re planning to hide tobacco, and they are already policing alcohol, red meat, fatty foods, and salt to name a few.

    I’m sick of seeing pubs closing down where I live. I’m sick of being made to feel guilty because I eat and drink as I please.

    I’m sick of Nanny. How about you? Register your support – Say NO to the Nanny State


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