- 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?
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.
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