Surrey Police – private sector involvement on hold

We have previously reported on proposals for private sector companies to take over some of the work done by police officers. We are pleased to say that the proposals are now on hold – but this could be just a temporary halt. The Police Authority has called a pause only to clarify their proposals – perhaps because there is such hostility to plans to part-privatise police work across the country. It appears the Authority is trying to find a less controversial way to bring in the private sector, but people will be watching to see what they propose.

The Police Authority has been forced into this radical and risky idea because of the cuts imposed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Both Cameron and Clegg are very keen privatisers, and keen cutters, and that is the real danger for our local police force – the Police Authority are doing exactly the sorts of things that Cameron and Clegg demand.

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