Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Minnesota town privatizing police force

Hard times forcing desperate measures
The central Minnesota town of Foley tried having its own police department and contracting with the county sheriff's department for law enforcement.

Now, in an effort to save money, the town with a population of 2600 is making a controversial move: it plans to employ a private security company to patrol its streets.

Nationwide, other cities have supplemented traditional police with contracted officers, said John Firman, director of research for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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What I find amusing about all these "effort to save money" schemes is that they have a peculiar way of costing a whole lot of money down the road. Ask Jefferson County, Alabama, where they tried to pay for the most expensive sewer system in the galaxy through some neat money-saving tricks recommended to them by JP Morgan Chase. The county just filed for bankruptcy.

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