Would you support a privatized police force that is not allowed to get any taxpayer money for your city, town, county, and/or state? This means the police force must create its own revenue by enforcing laws like speeding and parking.
Too many city/county governments already think this is how a department should be funded... It is actually against the law in Virginia, but sleaze-ball politicians all over the state have found ways to weasel around the law...
No. I'd be too concerned about bribery.
Hell no! There would be a speed trap on every corner! It'd be like an episode of Oprah, "You get a ticket, and you get a ticket! Everybody gets a ticket!"
It would be the same thing as today
The biggest change I would see is there would be more parking enforcement and tickets for traffic violations to increase revenue.
There already is.
I mean even more than now. Much more.
I'd prefer to see it as subscription based
Explain? I don't know what you mean by subscription based?
Not ran solely off fines but say if I wanted police or fire protection I would pay monthly or yearly for their services. Kind of like insurance
So the amount of officers and area they would patrol would depend on my subscription
The main problem that I see is that poorer areas that can't pay the subscription would be under served.
Yes that's true. In my mind there would be a rate for visits to non subscription areas also.
Those areas are already under served
Oh hell no!!!!
And how do we ensure they don't abuse their authority for the purpose of raising revenues for their parent company? Isn't there enough corruption?
There probably is. But, many people here advocate for privatizing everything. I just wonder if they know the possible ramifications of the decision.
Concur. One can not be an advocate for pure Capitalism where the almighty dollar is king and then expect private companies would be better at performing govt functions where there is minimal ability to profit
Guys, that's what the cops do NOW.
Rebel, I don't think the cops are as bad as you say. But, I did see your interview with Jive and understand your point.
Only saying that their job TODAY is to raise revenue. that's all they do.
You are correct that they are a big money raiser for cities & states but in my opinion if you privatize, there will be a greater corruption aspect to their "fundraising". And non-money making investigations (like rape & murder) will be secondary
For the purposes if this question, the private police force would be required to perform all of the duties expected of your local police force.
But (as devil advocate) would not they drop off all non revenue activities?
That is a possibility. But, the expectation would be that they do the non-revenue producing activities as well.
I think it would be a bad PR move if a corporation stops making an effort to investigate crimes like murder, car theft, etc.
Well, I could see a divide of public investigators and private enforcement.
The problem with private enforcement on revenue producing crimes is that the defendant can argue that there is no way that the officer could be impartial because the goal of the corporation is too raise revenue.