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Source: Daily Mail
Security guards and town hall workers are being armed with sweeping police-style powers, it has emerged.
For a few hundred pounds, state and private sector employees can receive Home Office accreditation.
This allows them to hand out fines for a raft of offences, from dropping litter to riding a bike on the pavement.
They can also stop cars to check their tax discs, seize alcohol from underage drinkers and demand people’s names and addresses.
The hope is that they will free up rank-and-file officers from having to perform these unpopular tasks. The uniformed, badged army of snoopers will become a vital part of the ‘extended police family’, ministers say.
But privacy campaigners have dubbed them Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s ‘Stasi’ after the East German secret police.
Phil Booth of NO2ID said: ‘This is a sinister move towards a Stasi snooper state in which jobsworths are devolved the powers of the police – including the right to demand you identify yourself.’
Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve added: ‘This is a consequence of the Government’s obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance by an increasing amount of different bodies.
‘The public will be angered that the Home Office is seeking to take serious powers that should be appropriately applied by the police and encouraging them to be given not just to local councils, but also to private firms.
‘The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately – including unnecessarily snooping on the lives of ordinary citizens.’
Details of the new army of police-style officers emerged in Home Office papers released today.
There are already 1,400 town hall and private sector staff accredited, and ministers want a dramatic expansion of the scheme.
Called the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, it allows the likes of security guards, park wardens, car park attendants and store detectives to boost their roles if they undergo training and pay a small fee to their local police force.
The powers range from issuing £60 fines for truancy to giving out Penalty Notices for Disorder for more serious offences such as harassment.
This is disturbing and illegal in so many ways. ALL on the spot fines are illegal under our Bill of Rights.
And excessive fines have been imposed; and illegal and cruel punishments inflicted.
All of which are utterly and directly contrary to the known laws and statutes, and freedom of this realm.
They always have been. The actions of this government are the very essence of a police state, along with the secretive armed EU police, the Gendarmerie . Now more people are waking up to the EU influenced push towards a totalitarian state and wondering what they can do about it. Some are simply saying ‘I’m leaving the country’, but that won’t help. We need a massive communication of facts and information to the people, a cohesive plan for cleansing OUR government of all of these jobsworths, Marxists and globalists, and a series of national strikes and campaigns against them.
And that is just the beginning. We have to start now!
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