The rise of private policing in the U.S.
A disturbing item from ISN Security Watch about how private security forces are replacing real police officers on many critical beats throughout the country:
According to the story, some cities are actually pushing to give private security forces the power of arrest. What transparent union-busting. These cities don't want to pay pensions and benefits to real police officers, so they're falling back on disposable rent-a-cops. Ironically, most of these officers are retired police, so they're cashing in on their publicly-funded training and expertise while taking jobs away from new cops.
Another attractive feature of private contractors is lack of accountability. Private contractors don't have to get elected. Unlike police departments, security contractors are usually limited liability companies that can just fold if they get sued.
Private policy is not good value for public money. It might seem cheap in the short term, but the erosion of standards and the lack of accountability make it a false economy.