Privatizing Protection: Cities Cut Police, Switch to Private Contractors

Privatizing Protection: Cities Cut Police, Switch to Private Contractors

The central Minnesota town of Foley tried having its own police department and contracting with the county sheriff’s department for law enforcement.

Now, in an effort to save money, the town with a population of 2600 is making a controversial move: it plans to employ a private security company to patrol its streets.

Nationwide, other cities have supplemented traditional police with contracted officers, said John Firman, director of research for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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