If I'm totally honest, I would be extremely wary if my local council created their own police force. I don't trust them not to run a force intent on handing out tickets for all sorts in a revenue generating exercise.
In my opinion it would solve ALOT of problems, so long as they were regulated properly and came under the umbrella of the IPCC.
We're in a situation now where we've given private firms responsibility for Law Enforcement, private firms provide wardens and now parking attendants. I personally would see it as a step back in the RIGHT direction in having council appointed 'Bodies of Constables' the trick would be to ensure their remit was clearly defined and they were monitored by policing bodies.
Lets face facts here, County and local forces arent generally interested in policing low level offences nor do they have the resources to patrol areas anymore.
PCSO's seemed to be a plaster on the problem as the public know their powers are very limited (I have first had experience of this myself) and have simply caused more strain on the system as many forces have the policy where a PCSO or warden must call for 'PC assistance' should they encounter resistance.
Council Wardens have to do the same, request assistance from the police should someone refuse their details... It isnt acceptable in my opinion.
We'll end up giving police powers to private security firms, I'd sooner have things return to the old fashioned model where Councils could swear in 'Constables' in order to enforce certain byelaws then have some profit driven G4S rent-a-cop holding a warrant card...
Criminal law/Statute law would still remain with local Home Office forces for investigation.
Edited by Radman, 25 January 2013 - 08:10 PM.