Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Is A Subscription Model Of Policing Good For A Community?

I'm not so sure that this is a good idea. There was a piece over at The Indy Star last week that looked at a trend of citizens hiring security companies made up of off-duty cops to patrol their neighborhoods essentially introducing a subscription model to policing.
The cooperative includes six adjoining neighborhoods that are bordered by Interstate 65 on the south; Fall Creek on the north; Meridian Street to the west; and the Monon Trail to the east.

Residents pay annual dues to purchase patrol hours. The more people who pay in, the more hours they can buy. For now, that amounts to 2 ½ hours a day. Those who don't pay still benefit because the officers go by their houses, too.
Of course the flip side of this is that for neighborhoods made up of citizens with less resources, they get less of a police presence than those who can afford to subscribe. This doesn't even touch on the issue of officers using tax payer owned equipment to further their private enterprise.

The article is a long one but one worth reading. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of this kind of thing poping up in other communities.

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