Accreditation Scheme half-baked
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.