Dec 9th 2011

Civilian Police Powers and Bowler Hats

Earlier this week, the MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg said that those council officials with the power to issue fines for minor infractions should have to wear blower hats to be easily identified, and avoided, by the public.  This is in response to a plan under way in the London boroughs which may grant  town […]

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Oct 13th 2011

Protecting the public isn’t just about police powers

Writing on The Commentator, I argue that the police don’t need new powers, they need a new approach. “Both Coalition parties repeatedly highlighted the proliferation of criminal offences and new powers introduced by the last government, and how such an approach made the police’s work harder by ‘rewriting the rule book’ repeatedly. Less than 18 […]

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Sep 27th 2011

Leave the policing to the police

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a Beach Warden and a police officer had very differentjobs. Yet the number of people granted police powers continues to increase – despite both coalition parties criticising the scheme in opposition. Under the Community Safety Accreditation Schemes (CSAS), the number of people given the ability to demand your name […]

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