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A new sheriff in town—examining the rise of private police forces

Published on: 29 June 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • A new sheriff in town—examining the rise of private police forces
  • The media have reported on private police forces—are police services being outsourced?
  • What powers do these ‘private police forces’ have?’
  • Can they make citizen’s arrests? What problems could this cause?
  • Can anyone take a private prosecution?
  • In light of the recent number of collapsed prosecutions due to failings of disclosure by police, how could a private investigator/prosecutor mitigate or exacerbate these issues?
  • What are the potential issues associated with a possible two-tier, public/private policing system? Would a private, investigative force reduce the overall policing burden or would it exacerbate problems?
  • In what ways could private police forces harmfully jeopardise police investigations? Is there a realistic risk of this occurring?

Article summary

Local Government analysis: Against a backdrop of increasing crime and cuts to policing, reports of a private police force being rolled-out nationwide after a successful trial in some of London’s wealthiest neighbourhoods created controversy earlier in 2018. Paul McDermott, partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, examines the power—or lack thereof—these organisations hold and their potential influence on traditional forms of policing. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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