Police privatization in the UK

Two UK police forces are seeking proposals from the private sector to provide various functions, including patrol and investigations. It’s not clear whether the proposals are completely serious, or designed to demonstrate to the national government just how desperate the financial situation is for the police. Police rank-in-file have reacted to the proposals with shock and dismay. Following earlier pay cuts and budgets cuts, and taken in conjunction with the planned election of 41 Police and Crime Commissioners in November, this development underscores the potentially dramatic changes coming to the police in the UK.

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