Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Oakland, CA neighbors hire private security

It is a forewarning to cities that discount the value of their police force. Oakland is one of many places that crime is high, yet the city permitted its police force to deteriorate to where the police can't either serve or protect. It is a city too where the news media have become wary of field reporting because of the theft of their equipment, even while on the air.

In the story Oakland: Quan's neighbors hire security, Quan is the mayor of Oakland that has depressed the value of the police force even further with police morale the least of the city's problems in policing. And the sad thing is that these neighbors can afford the $800 bucks or so annually, but not the rest of the population.

Oakland is much like Portland, therefore the warning.

1 comment:

  1. Pamela FitzsimmonsMarch 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    About 12 years ago when I was a reporter in Southern California, I wrote a story about a neighborhood in San Bernardino trying to hang on to its barely middle-class lifestyle. All the neighbors had suffered burglaries -- multiple hits in some cases. Police would not respond. The neighbors pooled their money and hired a private security to patrol in a marked car when most residents were at work. The burglaries stopped.

    That was then. I can't imagine what San Bernardino is like now. The city's in bankruptcy.