Mmm.... yes... this. This is my job they are talking about. The British Police are already divided between Police Officers and Civilian Staff. Officers get better pay and conditions, including pensions (for example a Police Officer can retire at 48 on a pension worth 2/3 of his salary), hence over the last few decades Police roles have gradually been turned into Civilian roles to save costs. This already includes patrolling, which is what Community Support Officers do.
Since Police Officers can only be made redundant in exceptional circumstances the Civilian Staff have borne the brunt of the recent cuts... with staff reductions of about 50% in my field. And now the plan seems to be to get rid of all the Civilian Staff and replace them with private companies.
Not quite as mad as abolishing the Forensic Science Service, but still pretty insane. And something I'm trying not to think about since it will almost certainly impact badly on me.