Private police ... clubs, pubs, restaurants and cafes are offering to hire extra muscle.

Private police ... clubs, pubs, restaurants and cafes are offering to hire extra muscle. Photo: Janie Barrett

It worked at the cricket and Bathurst 1000. And the NSW Police Association thinks user-pays police are the key to ridding Kings Cross of drunken yobbos, too.

Yet the Minister for Police, Michael Gallacher, has left an offer from licensed venues to pay for extra police sitting on the table as the party season hits full swing.

A coalition of clubs, pubs, restaurants, cafes and businesses have offered to put up $8000 to hire dozens of private police each weekend.

The Kings Cross Liquor Accord and the Potts Point Partnership, representing 500 businesses, want to introduce a special levy on businesses in the area to pay for private police, who are permitted to work extra shifts as uniformed officers under the user-pays system.

But the City of Sydney has deemed the levy too difficult to implement, says the chief executive of the Liquor Accord, Doug Grand.

A spokeswoman for Mr Gallacher said the minister was ''still working through the exact details'' of the proposal after announcing he would consider it as part of the Kings Cross Plan of Management.

While they wait, Kings Cross venues are continuing to pay nearly $2000 a night to keep a private security force on the streets, despite the force not having police approval.

The seven-strong force that roams the streets to ensure public order is funded by the owners of 15 venues and run by a reformed armed robber, Nic Constantin.

It is only legal for a security company to police an ''event'' or ''venue'' rather than a precinct, yet Mr Constantin said street-level officers have expressed appreciation to them for being their ''eyes and ears''.

Mr Grand said he would rather a combination of roving private security and user-pays police on top of the 30 or so on-duty police that walk the streets of Kings Cross.

''We want a group of police that are actually managing the streetscape and can react very quickly to identified risk from the security guards in the area,'' Mr Grand said. ''We're a long way off that yet.''

The police force has previously rejected proposals for user-pays police in the area because of the conflict of interest and corruption risk of entering into arrangements for the benefit of licensed premises, registered clubs and casinos.

The levy proposed by Mr Grand would ensure the money is collected and handed over by a third party.

Scott Weber, head of the police association and the Last Drinks Coalition, said the system could be a major tool in cleaning up Kings Cross.

''We've seen at the cricket over the last 15 to 20 years it's gone from drunken yobbos on the hill to a family-friendly environment,'' he said. ''Imagine if there was a police officer on every corner in Kings Cross. It would certainly change behaviour.''