If competition would improve public education, would it also improve police services?
Certainly with issues of public policing continuing to rise throughout the U.S. from Ferguson, Missouri to Baltimore, Maryland, the question about how to improve policing is rising along with concerns.
But we have not heard much of anything about creating private competition for publicly-funded police departments as a way of improving them.
It’s clear by now that the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, went way too far. How do we have local police dressing up in hardened riot gear and using military-style weapons as well as military-style vehicles? How is it considered wise to start with that response at the first sign of trouble?
It hasn’t always been that way. There are great examples of effective policing that allows for free speech and assembly and protects those rights.