Private police force to go NATIONWIDE as demands soar

BRITAIN’S first private police force, which has been patrolling wealthy London streets, is set to be rolled out nationwide as demand soars. The My Local Bobby service offers “Dixon of Dock Green-style” private officers to patrol residents’ streets if over-stretched coppers are too busy to deal with crime in their area, it is claimed.

Latest crime statistics out this week show a 13 percent rise in overall crime from 2016 to 2017, while police officer numbers nationwide have fallen by about 20,000 since 2010.

Some neighbourhoods, who feel let down by over burdened police officers, have clubbed together to hire “local bobbies” from a firm describing itself as Britain’s first private police force.

Clients who pay up to £200-a-month are given a direct line to a local officer, who they can also track on an iPad, and enjoy a meet-and-greet service from Tube stations or cars.

The scheme, which was set up by former Met officers David McKelvey and Tony Nash, is currently being trialled in Belgravia, Mayfair and Kensington.

In two years, the agency has reportedly achieved more than 400 convictions for fraud, intellectual property theft and other offences.

They now intend to move forces into other cities, as well as rural areas, amid a rising demand for the officers.

Mr McKelvey told the Sunday Express: “You don’t see policemen walk around the streets any more. If you call 101 it’s a 30-minute wait and it is not a police officer who answers.

“My Local Bobby is basically taking things back to Dixon of Dock Green-style policing.”

The officers, who wear distinctive red caps and bibs, have regularly moved on drug users and drunks from central London neighbourhoods.

A spokesman for the Met police said: “We would encourage residents who have concerns about policing in their area to contact their local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

“There are dedicated officers working in every ward across the capital. Where organisations or communities wish to fund their own security patrols we will work with these personnel in the most appropriate way to prevent and detect crime.

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