In the Media

Police fury at plan to let civilians solve minor crime

PUBLISHED May 20, 2004

Police officers were furious yesterday at proposals to give support staff sweeping new powers that would allow them to operate speed traps, breathalyse motorists and investigate minor crime.

A leaked draft report, from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, also suggested officers guarding top terrorist targets such as the houses of parliament should not have to undergo full police training.