The first signs of private security companies are emerging on the streets of Frinton in Essex.
Near by police station Walton on the Naze was closed.
Police Hour learnt of this a number of weeks ago, when by chance we had a conversation with a secuirty guard claiming to act on behalf of the Police.
We were informed the public was paying for this service but they were closely working with the police.
At the time we didn’t think this was possible, We looked into the matter a little further.
Sky News has today reported that 300 locals have clubbed together and are each paying a security company £2.00 per week to patrol their streets.
The secuirty firm AGS has taken advantage of cuts to policing to cash in on the policing sector.
Unformed officers drive around the town in marked Landrovers between 7pm and 7am everyday. They also provide a direct emergency line to the team.
When things get a little more serious they are urged to call 999.
AGS have none of the powers the police have but they do have the power of a citizens arrest.
AGS have confirmed they are working with Essex Police and are sharing information and intelligence.
The company even have plans to be connected to the police radio so they can have close contact with Police Officers.
They are also talks of shared powers giving the secuirty firm more authority thus saving the police more money.