Securitas retail branch manager Stuart Summers wearing the uniform which will be worn be security guards on Market Street.
A team of up to 100 security guards – branded a ‘private police force’ by angry cops – will be patrolling Manchester streets within a month. Uniformed officers working in pairs will be on the streets carrying out ‘re-assurance visits’ to shops who have signed up to the city-centre scheme. They will wear stab-vests and utility belts including a radio as well as a ‘body camera’ to gather evidence of any crime or disorder. At first, just a dozen officers – mostly former police staff – will take part in the scheme, the first of its kind in the country. Although they will not have police powers of arrest, talks are under way to eventually give the officers limited powers to hand out on-the-spot fines for minor offences such as littering.
Before the ink is dry on the Home Secretary’s speech in which she said, “we won’t have private Police on the street” …we have private police on the street.
Eh? Oh sure they can’t really do much… to be sure. But… this is the way forward everyone-enjoy the ride.