Met chief: only police officers should investigate crime
PUBLISHED April 5, 2012
Two police forces, West Midlands Police and Surrey, have invited bids from private security companies to take over the delivery of services which could include "investigating crimes", "detaining suspects" and "patrolling neighbourhoods".
On Wednesday, during a question and answer session on the Metropolitan Police website, the Scotland Yard commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe appeared to voice concern over the proposals.
He said: "I believe that patrolling and investigating are vital police functions that should be carried out by police officers. It's a very serious to issue to deprive someone of their liberty and place them before a court. For me that must be carried out by warranted officers."
Mr Hogan-Howe was responding to a question by a would-be police recruit who said he was worried about privatisation.
The commissioner appeared to suggest that private companies should be allowed to carry out only limited "back office functions".