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Private Cops to Replace Public Ones in British Counties

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Posted on Mar 3, 2012
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Private security staffers are expected to replace police officers on the streets of Wolverhampton, a city in the U.K.’s West Midlands.

The relentless privatization of everything continues in the U.K., where local governments are offering private security companies £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years to conduct services previously carried out by police. Hopeful contractors are expected to line up: Last March, when the county of Lincolnshire announced a similar but smaller proposal, 12 companies submitted bids.

Ben Priestly of Unison, Britain’s largest public sector trade union representing many police officers, recoiled at the proposal:

Privatisation means that the police will be less accountable to the public. And people will no longer be able to go to the Independent Police Complaints Commission if they have a problem. When a critical incident happens, a force’s ability to respond will be severely compromised. The only winners are private companies and shareholders who make profits at the expense of local services.

Here is an excerpt from the notices sent to interested firms on services that “can be legally delegated to the private sector.”

Meanwhile, 2,764 police staffers are expected to lose their jobs in West Midlands—one of the communities where privatization is under way—over the next three years. —ARK

The Guardian:

The breathtaking list of policing activities up for grabs includes investigating crimes, detaining suspects, developing cases, responding to and investigating incidents, supporting victims and witnesses, managing high-risk individuals, patrolling neighbourhoods, managing intelligence, managing engagement with the public, as well as more traditional back-office functions, such as managing forensics, providing legal services, managing the vehicle fleet, finance and human resources.

A West Midlands police authority spokesman said: “Combining with the business sector is aimed at totally transforming the way the force currently does business – improving the service provided to the public.

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By Jim Yell, March 5, 2012 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Why do people still buy into the idea that privatization will lead to lower costs and better service? The fact is we have had some decades of this mantra of privitization and it doesn’t work. Prices get higher and service is corrupted. The whole privitization push is a scam to avoid responsbility and to pump up profit margins while screwing the public.

It goes deeper than that though. It is subverting our democracy and further corrupting our politcal and social lives. The right wing monster must be destroyed, just as the left wind monster needs to be controlled. The solution is somewhere in the middle.

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By thethirdman, March 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment

Hey cyanemi,

Never mind ardee, he’s not very good at making new friends.  He’ll warm up to you
though, I promise.

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By Blueokie, March 4, 2012 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

cya - Yes, the mercenaries are being funded by the U.N.  The pallets of unmarked bills were flown in on the Black Helicopters usually used for spying on Amerikan Hillbillies.

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By cyanemi, March 4, 2012 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

Still didn’t answer my question. Thanks for your extensive anger it made my day. What institution are you talking about?

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By ardee, March 4, 2012 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

By cyanemi, March 4 at 5:03 am Link to this comment

Are these privatized police funded by the U.N.?

The real question is why they allow you computer access in that institution? I repost the first damn paragraph of the article , please get an actual literate person to read and explain it to you.

The relentless privatization of everything continues in the U.K., where local governments are offering private security companies £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) over seven years to conduct services previously carried out by police. Hopeful contractors are expected to line up: Last March, when the county of Lincolnshire announced a similar but smaller proposal, 12 companies submitted bids.

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By cyanemi, March 4, 2012 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Are these privatized police funded by the U.N.?

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By McullenNE, March 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment
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The first thing that came to my mind was Blackwater. This is very scary to me who will control the hire a cops?

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By jimmmmmy, March 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

mussilini had black shirts, hitler had brown shirts, canada has red coats, the us has pinkertons and blackwater, all private police forces, that did wonderful things for the people of their respective countries, not! what will cameron/clegg call these thugs? will they still have to where those stupid hats?, “are there no workhouses are there no prisons?” ebenezer scrooge.

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By Peter Knopfler, March 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

YES PRIVATE COPS FOR PRIVATE PRISONS OF CHEAP LABOR
COMMUNIST CHINA MODEL FREE LABOR; NAZI TACTICS:

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By dick conoboy, March 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

G4S has already shown up in Bellingham, Washington as the local Bank of America hired guards to “protect” itself from the Bellingham OWS demonstrators.  See: http://www.nwcitizen.com/entry/bellingham-bank-of-america-hires-security-guard?search=&category;=&author=22

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By vector56, March 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

I can’t help but say “it could not have happen to a nicer group of thugs!” When ever the 1% need to give the people a “beat-down” they call out these “sell out” with pepper spray, night sticks and guns to crush the dreams of the common folk.

If it were not for this 20% to 30% of the population that constantly sells out the elite would be powerless. Who do you think is keeping OWS away from Wall Street? When was the last time you saw a guy in a 300 suite cracking heads at a protest?

Cops, FBI, NSA, DEA, CIA… are these the “domestic enemies” spoke of in the constitution?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/14/1036293/-Cops-Domestic-Enemies-?via=blog_744899

So, now their masters have turned on them; sold them out for “rent-a-cops”. Personally, I will not lose any sleep.

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By realveive, March 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

Good to know that the USA isn’t the only stupid nation left on earth.  Any profit-making potential is worthy of being sought.

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