Edit to article 10/3/17: On Tuesday October 3rd POAM Legislative Director Kenneth E Grabowski testified in front of the Senate Government Operations Committee, stating:
POAM strongly opposed these bills. A “for profit” police department is a terrible idea. These bills would promote corruption, and encourage the use of untrained police officers. The employees hired for a private police force would be sub standard employees, probably former officers fired from legitimate police departments. The main job of government is to protect the people, these bills would damage those protections. Someone will get rich off of this legislation, and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the police officer.
Read about the Senate Bill in detail below.
Urge a No-Vote on Senate Bill 594!
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof introduced Senate Bill 594 on Wednesday, September 27. This legislation is authorization to create a private police force. These “private” law enforcement personnel can be hired by governments. There is no prohibition against eliminating an existing public police force and they would be awarded full arrest powers on duty. This legislation is a solution in search of a problem.
Please contact the following members of the Senate Government Operations Committee and urge a no-vote.
Senator Mike Kowall
Phone: (517) 373-1758
Senator Geoff Hansen
Phone: (517) 373-1635
Talking points include:
- Privatization of police services will remove accountability of government agencies.
- Police officers will become hired outlaws, mercenaries.
- Private police agencies will become a hiring ground for police officers who have been fired from governmental police agencies.
- The safety of the public will be at risk.
Download the Full Senate Bill Details Below