greater Seattle are now paying for additional police patrols
(utilizing off-duty officers).
Interesting, it seems to be happening in other parts as well.
That’s very common in Argentina. I paid off-duty cops doing private security in my neighborhood for years. Of course, it is open for debate. On one hand, with his own time an off-duty officer can do whatever he wants. At the same time, you could ask why is he charging for something he’s already supposed to be doing, which is keeping the neighborhood safe. There’s a bit of a conflict of interest there. Either way, in my experience it was well worth paying a bit extra each month for the added security. The blocks that were guarded where safe, the one’s that weren’t, well, you can figure they weren’t as safe.
It’s interesting to see yet another similarity. Years ago it was easy to see how something like this would eventually happen and I have written about it many times. How as the infrastructure and public services start failing and suffering they slowly become “privatized”, increasing the gap between those that can pay for it and those that cant.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.