Arresting Developments

Number 18439
Subject Police
Source American Prospect
State DC
Year 1999
Publication Date January - February
Summary The American Prospect looks at the use of police powers to enforce law on private property. The story reveals that police officers - often in uniform - are hired by private developments to enforce their private parking, speeding, trespassing, loitering, etc. rules. Cops cannot give a speeding ticket to someone who is violating a private speeding limit on a private speed, but they could consider arresting the violator for 'operating to endanger,' the magazine reveals. The reporter finds that "taken together, these moves represent a qualitative, though little noted, expansion of public law enforcement into the realm of private space." A major finding is that the approximately 25,000 private communities that already pay for their own private security patrols could argue successfully that they should not have to pay to support the public police system because they are policing themselves.
Category General
Pages 8
Keywords Jacksonville sheriff's department;moonlighting;gated communities;business;corporations;arrests;security;courts;property taxes;municipal services
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