There is a lot of talk about the idea of a private police force. Some people savor the idea and say that it is much more effective and fair, while others opine that it is all overkill. While this debate rages on, one private force in the U.K. has some stats that they wish to share with the world.
TM Eye is “led by former Scotland Yard senior officers” and they have a 100% conviction rate for crimes, including rape and murder. In other words, it seems that they have thus far been flawless. The Sun reports that they have “successfully prosecuted more than 400 criminals.” (The actual number stands at 403). Fears of Sharia Law are leading to this explosion in security.
Only the RSPCA brings more convictions, according to the Daily Mail. Also, TM Eye has a special service called “My Own Bobby” that allows the better to do members of U.K. society to spend around £200 a month to have a cop actually patrolling their streets.
Cases involving murder, rape, blackmailing, and more are handled by this private policing force and even many experts are taken back by how well they are doing. The fear is that only the rich will be able to afford such protections, however, and this angers a lot of people.
Addressing this, Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said, “Eventually there will be a two-tier system with the haves and the have-nots, and if you have money and live in a £20million house in Chelsea you can pay for private security.My concern would be, where is the public scrutiny if it goes wrong? If they are allowed to go and do police’s job for them, that is a dangerous status quo.”
That may be very true and a very real concern, but it can not be imagined that those who do have the money to pay such private forces are going to allow the idea to simply vanish.
They are liking the fact that they get a hotline number to call if they need it and that they have around the clock protection. Since they are footing the bill for it, there really isn’t anyone who should be allowed to say that they can’t keep doing so.
While having too many cops can be a problem for reasons that are clear, as long as no laws are being broken, there is nothing in most free nations that would make such private forces illegal.
Now it just remains to be seen if more than 250 dwellings in the wealthiest areas of England can pay to keep the force growing.
That, more than anything, maybe what holds the seemingly productive idea back.