Palo Alto City CouncilCity of Palo AltoPalo Alto, CA 94301Cc: James KeeneSubject: British Outsourcing of the Police FunctionElected Council Members:Most of the so-called “industrialized countries” (mostly the US and Europe) are suffering
from decades of government growth, coupled with promises of lavish salaries and post-retirement payouts to government workers. Britain has been on a downward spiral sincethe end of WWII, in one way or another. Governments all are forced to deal with thismatter, in one way or another. Britain has been dealing with the obvious end of itsgovernment unchecked spending which it can no longer afford by utilizing surveillancecameras in great numbers. Now, it is recognizing that many aspects of the police functioncan be performed by private sector sources. The following articles, appearing via theBBC’s news web-site, areoffered for your consideration.Given that the City Manager has identified the likelihood of deficits in the City’s financesfor years to come, would it not be wise for the Council to take note of other servicedelivery models that are being explored by much larger police departments, such as thosein England. (This outsourcing of patrol functions is also being utilized by the Los AngelesPolice Department).-----2 March 2012
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Police invite security firms invited to bid for roles
The plan talks about private firms being involved in patrolling neighbourhoods
Private security firms could investigate some crimes and patrolneighbourhoods under plans being drawn up for police in Englandand Wales.
The West Midlands and Surrey forces- two of England's largest- haveinvited bids for contracts from security companies, on behalf of all forces.