'Rise' in private security guards with police powers


The number of private security guards, armed with some police powers, seems set to rise in London.

Under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme - set up in 2002 - these officers can issue fines, confiscate alcohol or tobacco, direct traffic and demand someone's name and address.

Their numbers now seem set to rise, from 127 accredited guards in 2010 to 400 by May 2012.

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