National Police Force
In recent months, there has been an increasing call for a national police force in response to incidents of police brutality around the country. When I first spoke of this a few months back, many people laughed at me and said that they had never heard of it and it was ridiculous. Now these very same people are stating that this might not be a bad idea because of the issues that are facing the police force today. In fact, Al Sharpton in Baltimore Thursday called for the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in the United States and hold bad officers accountable.
“That’s why we’re going to do this march from here to Washington. We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country.”
This is a bad idea on several fronts. First of all, the police force, like other city functions should always be a local function. Only those that are intimately involved in the city on a day to day basis can respond to the needs of the city to best deploy its forces affectively. To have a centrally controlled police force would mean that there would be a one-size-fits all approach to policing. What is needed in Baltimore, Maryland or even Irvine, California may not be needed in Montgomery. Alabama and vice-versa. Local policemen have a vested interest in the community because they live in that community.
As city councilman, I would vehemently oppose any measure to put our local police force under national control. We need to keep our police under local control where the voice of the people can be heard. Under national control, the voice of the citizens of Montgomery will fall on deaf ears in far removed D.C.