I was looking at my local newspaper yesterday and I saw a headline that stuck out to me. Apparently our police force is so underfunded that they're considering putting corporate sponsorships by local businesses and closing police stations to increase income and reduce expenditure, respectively. The closing of the stations would mean that all the cops inside would go back on the beat, and patrol the streets.
At first I wasn't sure what to think and then I realised that, really, it might not be such a bad idea. The corporate sponsorship that is. More police out on the beat can only be a good thing. As long as they keep a skeleton crew in the station. Never know when you might need it. It's very, very bad that the police can't really afford what they need, but this is an excellent way for the community to help give back to the police. If I had the money I'd be quite happy, and proud, to say that I was funding the police. Of course, if I had more money I'd be paying taxes and paying for them anyway, but that's neither here nor there.
I think that as long as it doesn't lead to some kind of favouritism, it could be a pretty good thing. I think perhaps one of the only downsides is that the main times you're going to see a police car parked, and therefore have the thing be the most visible, is during an arrest or at an accident. I don't think that if you're driving past an accident, or part of one, you really want to think about a shop or service. If you're the one being arrested, you're likely to see your next target on the car you're being forced into.
Well, I thought it could end up being a pretty decent idea. Even if it is very sad that we've gotten to this point. It also makes whoever paid for the sponsorship seem pretty cool in my opinion. They've got to be nice if they're paying for the police directly.
I wonder how much they would have got selling my router. I never got that back after the house invasion two years ago.