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Airports (Police)

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why a member of a private airport police force is not allowed to serve as a special constable in a public police force.

The appointment of special constables for any police area is a matter entirely within the discretion of the local chief officer of police. The Police Post-War Committee in its Fourth Report issued in 1947 recommended that members of private police forces should not be appointed or retained as special constables. Chief officers no doubt have regard to this recommendation, which has recently been endorsed by the Working Party on the Special Constabulary, whose report was published last month.