Courier service Deliveroo has partnered up with Neighbourhood Watch to offer its drivers training to spot crimes while on shift.
Drivers can take a six-week training course, which is backed by London’s Metropolitan Police.
Jake Hurfurt, of privacy watchdog Big Brother, was unsure if the public would want Deliveroo riders to “become a privatised, quasi police force”.
He said there was a risk of creating “an army of poorly-trained snoopers that would be more Johnny English than James Bond”.
And he called it a badly-judged PR move that would be “bad for workers, bad for communities and bad for the company’s reputation”.