We will all pay price of privatising the police

From: Jack Lewis, Jubilee Close, Isleham, Ely.

DAIVD Cameron wants to privatise the police force. Let’s just consider what this could mean.

A private security company is a commercial business that wants to make a profit. Remember the excesses of wheel clamping companies?

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This would mean the following list of things could happen.

Many officers could be laid off and then re-employed as trainers on less money.

The people they are likely to train will be cheap foreign labour who come from countries with a different policing ethic. Third world policing methods will be the norm.

Incentive bonus schemes will encourage officers to go for the easiest arrests that best benefit their pocket. Instead of warnings being given to miscreants they are likely to be given a fixed penalty ticket or arrested.

Investigating time-consuming serious crime will be put on the back burner as there would be no money in it.

The general public and society as a whole will be the ones to suffer and we should do all we can to encourage the Police Federation to fight these proposals.

It should be noted that a privatised police force would actually violate our constitution which has protected us from tyrannical leaders and rulers for over a thousand years. Any violation of the constitution would constitute an act of treason.

From: Peter Hyde, Kendale View, Driffield.

I NEVER thought the day would come when I supported Yvette Cooper in anything she proposed but I have to do so when she bemoans the reduction of police officers on our streets and patrolling our main roads.

Living on a route that leads to the coast I see so many lighting offences as drivers return home after a day at the seaside that I wonder how they find their way home.

So rarely do we see a policeman or vehicle these days that one begins to wonder if we actually have a police service at all.