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Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674 674

They are not actually police. Their powers of arrest are the same as anyone elses ie they can do a citizens arrest. Mostly they are there to give the impression of more police on the beat. They do not get the extensive training that police do, niether do they have to pass the riggorus medical tests the police do. The only real power they have is to detain you for upto 40 mins until a real cop comes. Most police officers regard them as a bit of a joke. This is not to say that some police forces don't push the boat out and get them properly trained and hold them to high standards. Those forces would be in the minority.

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