Private security now policing Detroit

| November 29 2013
Christopher Cook

Decades of mismanagement have produced a Detroit with a fleeing, ever-dwindling population and tax base, and a crime rate that is 5 times the national average. The police cannot respond; there aren’t enough of them and there isn’t enough money to hire more.

And yet, lo and behold, private security firms can fill in some of the gaps.

This is not one of those areas where I think the private sector should replace the public. Internal security IS one of the few actual legitimate functions of government. Indeed, it is one of the core reasons why we empower government in the first place. However, that doesn’t mean that the private sector cannot help!

And, of course, this is yet another example of how human beings engaged involuntary cooperation, can achieve what government often cannot.