The Association of Chief Police Officers, Britain's most powerful police organisation which is run as a private business, has spent millions of pounds on luxury London flats for senior officers.
They spend around £1.6m a year on the accommodation and the money is taken directly from taxpayers' cash given to the ACPO by the Home Office to tackle the terrorist threat across Britain.
ACPO refused to disclose how many apartments it was paying for or who was receiving the perk, but all are said to be well-appointed homes close to Scotland Yard. ACPO insists they are 'occupied', but two sources say that officers only occasionally stay in them.
This organisation should be abolished. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the police watchdog, went further, saying its 'status as a private limited company cannot continue.'
A senior police source said:
The flats are all over Westminster, like an address book for the well-heeled. They are empty most of the time because there is no need to use them.
‘No politician will ever say this but the terrorism budget is over-stuffed. Every year they have a huge under-spend which they lavish on things that are not needed. These flats were bought out of this under-spend.’
Says it all really about our government. They are determined to keep us in a state of fear of terrorism and by giving such organisations huge wads of our money, they think that will reinforce the terrorist risk in the country. The problem is many people don't believe them.