Food delivery service Deliveroo is partnering with Neighbourhood Watch in the UK to offer training to its couriers to keep an eye out for crimes. It is part of the firm’s plan to use its network “as a force for good”.
By Jane WakefieldTechnology reporter Published26 minutes agoSharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionCouriers wanting to participate in the scheme will be trained to spot crimes, such as domestic abuse and drug dealing Deliveroo has faced criticism over its riders’ working conditions, and one union called the plan “divisive”.
And Jake Hurfurt, of privacy watchdog Big Brother, was unsure if the public would want Deliveroo riders to “become a privatised, quasi police force”. He said there was a risk of creating “an army of poorly-trained snoopers that would be more Johnny English than James Bond”.
And he called it a badly-judged PR move that would be “bad for workers, bad for communities and bad for the company’s reputation”. ‘Vital role’ Under the new scheme, drivers can take part in optional training, created by Neighbourhood Watch and verified by the Metropolitan Police.
It would help them spot signs of: Will Shu, the founder of Deliveroo, said: “Riders have carried out a vital role during the pandemic and are well-placed to build on this experience to spot any concerns in the neighbourhoods in which they work and live.” Female safety
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