It has emerged that the Police have 330 “decoy cops” or “temporary constables”. Now these are people who look like cops, wear the uniform, but in fact are not cops – they can not arrest offenders, and have no handcuffs, batons or pepper spray.
I love the quote from Simon Power:
“How do rural members of the public know, when they approach a person in police uniform and in an emergency situation, whether that person is a sworn and fully trained police officer, a decoy cop, or the lead singer from the Village People,”
It is only since November that these temporary constables have been allowed to wear the police uniform.