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It's enough to make Dixon Of Dock Green blush: Security firms paid £23m to guard police stations
Many will remember George Dixon faithfully standing guard underneath the old blue lamp.
But these days, you are just as likely to see private security staff outside a police station as an actual constable.
Figures have revealed police forces spend £23million on private security to protect their stations and headquarters
Far from the traditional image of a bobby keeping a lookout on the station steps - memorably portrayed by Jack Warner in the long-running TV series Dixon Of Dock Green - it seems that the safety of our police stations is being left in the hands of civilians.
Well, if it helps get the police out on the streets then I could live with that, but the police aren't on the streets they are still drowning in paperwork.