<a href="http://en.wikipedia....bulary">British Airports Authority Constabulary
This force was a private police service (similar to how BTP is run) who's purpose was to police all BAA operated airports, officers who were sworn into the force enjoyed full powers of a constable on BAA property.
Little else is known about them and the wiki article doesnt really have too much information about them (I believe it was a member of this very forum who may have written the article.)
Now the official reason for the force being disbanded was that they didnt have the authority to carry firearms on duty after some form of unspecified 'terrorist scare' in the early 70's which led to the army being deployed to Heathrow. The Met police did what they do best and took over Heathrow airport from the BAA Police which inturn led to a legislation change disbanding the force nation-wide.
Now this strikes me as very odd...
The airports are a KEY infrastructure within the UK, so having various Home Office police forces policing each individual airports to me doesnt make sense for a number of reasons:
1. Intelligence isnt to a national scale and has to be passed from force to force.
2. Costly to the tax payer (I know the airports/BAA/Airlines contribute to policing)
3. Specialisation and tactics across the country wont be the same for each airport from force to force (infact I know SYP has cut back on its officers based out of Robinhood.)
4. With the budget cuts would HO cops not be better suited to policing their communities/back on response?
Is it just me or would it not make sense to re-establish a national police service for the airports with a national remit (who were authorised to carry firearms) this now seems like a mute point since BTP (a private force) now has a firearms team set up in London, which we never had before.
Would it be worth merging the duties with the MDP (a fully armed service) or even BTP (now that we have a firearms capability.)
Thoughts/Opinions on this?
Figured it'd make a cool little discussion.
((Edit: For some reason everytime I try and link the wiki article it deletes my thread - weird))
Edited by Radman, 03 July 2012 - 11:02 PM.