ACPO of England and Wales have called for the expansion of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme and have targeted bouncers and security officers.
Basically any Tom, Dick or Harriet who have been accredited can issue fines, photograph people in the street and ask for details. (PAPERS PLEASE...).
Critics have called for a halt to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, saying it amounts to 'state-sanctioned vigilantism'.
There are already 1,667 people, including town hall workers and car park attendants, as well as bouncers and security guards, with powers under the scheme.
Nicknamed 'Jacqui Smith's Irregulars' after the former Home Secretary, their numbers have rocketed by a fifth in only a year
20% rise in a year? That's a lot of Hi Viz jackets. I wish I bought shares in a safety workwear firm...
But new guidance issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers, or Acpo, instructs Chief Constables to target the country's 100,000 guards and 50,000 door supervisors as it seeks to expand the scheme.
The move is particularly controversial because Acpo is directly involved in approving private firms which want to join the CSAS.
Security companies pay between £450 and £600 for an assessment by a private company owned by Acpo, and between £32 and £132 for each accredited employee.
Councils and other public sector organisations pay between £300 and £315 to be accredited, and £35 to £90 per employee
Ah, there we go. Follow the money trail....
All allowed to happen under Labour's watch.