Patrol Special police reported on January 4, 2010, enthusiastic support by their private business and residential clients for their special supplementary policing services that are service-oriented and responsive to merchant and resident concerns. Public police are facing layoffs in San Francisco as well as cutbacks in use of expensive overtime announced in December.
Clients surveyed by Professor Edward Stringham, noted economist from San Jose State University, reported an “overwhelming support” for the fast response time and friendly, professional demeanor of the Patrol Special Police. They reported that Patrol Specials provide policing that public police have no time to provide and in some cases, do not have the organizational culture to provide. Patrol Special Police are viewed as proactive to prevent small incidents from becoming large, expensive crimes. See full press release here.
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