All I am saying is that this seems like an extension of the NZ scenario where we have acknowledged that you do not need a sworn and fully trained police officer in some roles. If you accept that you do not need a proper cop to do somethings, it seems almost inevitable that at some point it will get outsourced. You and ED are both right however, in NZ the non-sworns are still accountable to the police service. Which is not to say that a private organisation contracted to say provide a presence in the CBD at night would have no oversight and accountability, just a different line of accountability.
In some respects, and you might not agree with me, it is almost like the development of private hospitals as we have them in NZ. Admittably, for every private hospital there are public alternatives, but we have seen a move towards the contracting of services to private hospitals for public health care patients.
I am ambivalent towards the move at this stage. I could see how in some of the more marginal functions of the police you would have few negatives and more benefits, assuming it was set up properly. However, I can also see it going wrong in other respects if there was not good accountability systems or if the private contractors were improperly incentivized. For me the devil will be in the details, what gets outsourced, how the outsourcing is done and what the lines of control are.