Monday, March 23, 2015

Local Control

Police are a function of local government.  That means that local government should control them.  The police should answer through their chain of command to the chief of police, to the city council and the mayor.  They should not answer to the courts, the Federal Government or other governmental entity. 

The Federal Government should stop giving money to local police for any purpose.  They should only give them surplus materials and equipment.  Those items should not have any strings attached.  The ownership of those items should transfer to the local government and should never return to the the Federal Government.

Local control of police has been a hallmark of law enforcement since the beginning of police in America.  Beyond the state level there should be no interference with the policing of the nation.  Local people should decide what is important to them, police or fire, parks or roads, buses, or schools.  There is never enough money for everything.  Let local governments determine what the local people want, that's what the SGT Says.


ccm2361 said...

It is shameful that Federal grants to Police departments have either big strings attached, or were "earned" by standing (in uniform) behind the President as he rolls out his latest gun control law.
For example, when President Clinton rolled out his "Assault" weapons ban back 1995. there were a bunch of Police Chiefs behind the president in the press photos. If you examine the lists of what departs got grants from the Federal government in 1996, you would find that the Chiefs who were there with the President just happened to be from the departments that got the largest grants.

Mike Creek said...

Yes, the agency I work for has had several items from the Federal Government and they have numerous hoops to jump through, often years later. If I give you a gift, then it's yours to do with as you please. As it should be.