Private Security (14985/18)
1) Does West Midlands Police have a policy regarding private security firms deploying staff in a uniform that closely resembles that of police officers, if so is a policy publicly available, and if not is a policy being prepared, and if there are no plans for a policy why having no policy is appropriate.
2) Does West Midland Police have a policy regarding private security firms deploying staff equipped with handcuff restraints, and/or on the use of handcuff restraints on other members of the public, against their will, by private security personnel when attending a response situation, and if not is a policy being prepared, and if there are no plans for a policy why having no policy is appropriate.
3) What action would the executive officers of West Midlands Police recommend their officers take in the circumstances where a private security firm issued staff with uniform and personal protective equipment that was markedly similar to that of police officers, given this would pose a risk to vulnerable individuals requiring the help that could be obtained from an appropriately trained police officer rather than a security operative, and pose the risk of the uniform and equipment being used to impersonate a police officer for the purposes of crime.
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