The Chief Constable wants councillors to give him the power to strike cash deals with private companies in return for mounting extra patrols.I always thought that the police force was a "public" service and was meant to provide law enforcement for all of us. That is the justification for its tax-funded status. The Chief Constable is acknowledging that policing may not be a public good after all. If that is so, and I suspect that it may be, then the police force should be privatised. Who knows, there may be a market for a police company and court system that actually catches and punishes burglars.
Thursday, 30 January 2003
Privatise the police?
The Lothian and Borders police are thinking of charging companies for providing additional patrols: