Facebook-Funded Police Station

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Thu, May 1st, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In the neighbourhood of Belle Haven, the poorest part of otherwise rich Menlo Park, CA., the "local police department opened up a new substation" with funding for "renovation, rent, and one officer?s salary [...] substantially paid for by Facebook, to the tune of $600,000 over the next two years."

A major corporation funding a police department—particularly in a well-to-do city like Menlo Park—seems extremely rare in the United States, if unprecedented.

“I'm not aware of one particular company funding a police department or part of it, but I'm not surprised,” Elizabeth Joh, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, told Ars. “There are many instances of lines being blurred between private and public when it comes to policing.”

She mentioned that San Francisco, about 40 miles north, has its own commercially-funded force, the San Francisco Patrol Special Police. The organization serves alongside the San Francisco Police Department since the 19th century. FedEx maintains its own sworn police force too.

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