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 departmentparticularly in a well-to-do city like Menlo Parkseems 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.
|Chrome Plug-In That Will Click on Every 'Like' on a Facebook Page|
|Karma is a Bitch, Katie is a Slut|
|WiFi -- Why Are We All Still Paying for This?|
|"What we are building is basically a perfect scenario for collapse."|
|The Periodic Table of HTML5 Elements|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|
|On Instagram, Everyone Takes the Exact Same Photos|
|“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”|
|“Sending you changes in your media feed that are calculated to adjust you slightly to the liking of some unseen advertiser.”|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Put words between buns.”|