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Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department

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Sharpstown, TX — Sharpstown is a Texas community, located just southwest of Houston, and the way they maintain security in this community has gotten our attention.

In 2012, they fired their cops.

The Sharpstown Civic Association then hired S.E.A.L. Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

The statist fearmongers will have you believe that “privatizing” anything would result in mass chaos and a Mad Max scenarios of warlords and rampant crime. But they are wrong.

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61%” in just 20 months, says James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL.

Government police, despite not acting like it, are still part of the government.  This means that any progressive change for the better takes ten times longer than it would in the private sector; if it happens at all. Government police are not driven by efficiency and threats from liability, as neither one of these things are needed when you have a tax farm to rob when things get tight.

Contrary to the government apparatus, private police, must be efficient as well as safe, for one small mistake or claim could end their entire operation. If an inefficiency is spotted within the system, changes must be implemented swiftly to avoid the loss of revenue.

The reason for the success rate of SEAL Security is that they can see a problem and quickly adapt versus trying to spin the rusty cogs of the bureaucratic process. And that is exactly what SEAL did in Sharpstown.

According to guns.com, Alexander cites the continuous patrol of SEAL’s officers in their assigned neighborhoods as opposed to the strategy of intermittent presence that the constable embraced. “On a constable patrol contract, it’s either a 70/30 or an 80/20. Meaning they say they patrol your community 70 percent of the time, [while] 30 percent of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports.”

He continues, “The second thing that drastically reduces the crime is that we do directed patrols, meaning we don’t just put an officer out there and say  ‘here, go patrol.’ We look at recent crime stats, and we work off of those crime stats. So if we have hotspots in those areas say for that month, we focus and concentrate our efforts around those hotspots.”

Another aspect, and possibly the most important, that sets privatized police apart from agents of the state, is that they have a negative incentive to initiate force. Force and violence are vastly more expensive than today’s police lead us to believe.

Causing injury or death, or wrongfully depriving someone of their rights is very expensive if these costs are realized for the ones who cause them. The state does not care, however. They can and will defer their liability to the tax farm.

The act of deferment of liability is a function solely reserved for the state, and it creates an incentive to act in an unethical manner. In the case of SEAL Security, each of their officers, as well as their entire operation, can be held liable, both criminally and financially. This is something about which the state knows nothing.

As guns.com points out, over 70 communities in Harris County and most of the major management districts have contracted with SEAL. They’re less expensive, better at crime prevention, they do not target citizens for revenue, and, best of all, each officer is personally accountable for his or her actions.

It’s time Americans start seriously considering this option.

Law enforcement is a product that we are forced to buy. When any product is not subject to the forces of consumer demand, there is no way of changing it. It is time we applied the fundamental lesson of competition to our supposed protectors.

Tired of Being Forced to Pay for a Broken System? Let Police Compete for Our Tax Dollars

Hat tip to guns.com for conducting the interview with SEAL representative James Alexander.

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  • Folow us to learn the mainstream media truth !

  • Sooooo many lessons can be learned here in this article.

  • 61% drop in ‘recorded’ crime*

    • That can have a multiple meaning. Sure, SEAL securities could be fudging numbers or maybe they only enforce certain laws instead acting as tax collectors.

    • I love your boxes.

  • Perhaps that’s just 61% less people getting caught.

  • Really?

  • Paradigm buster

  • Worth, a re-think.

    • thanks for posting this – although i dont know the credibility in it, its about as credible as the above article as i see it, rendering it to an iffy state

      too bad there is no real journalism anymore – just clickbait on either side of the conflict …

    • Robert you’re right I’m from the Houston area and the original article is patently false. There are a ton of articles proving the whole scenario completely different than how its been presented. I love TFTP because the talk about things the MSM never would but they lack integrity in reporting they often prove they don’t research anything before posting and it makes us look bad

  • This article is BS. AGAIN!! This community never had its own police, it is an UNINCORPORATED suburb community outside of Huston.

  • You go to the doctor say you have a pain he finds a problem. If you take your car to the mechanic and say you hear a noise he finds a problem. If you have a bunch of cops they find problems. same difference.

  • Police are in the crime business. I’ve seen this several times in communities near me. The police need to look busy so they pass out tickets and harass young people and do whatever necessary to generate numbers and convince people of their necessity. Their presence doesn’t seem to accomplish anything.

  • Interesting

  • It’s hard to filter through the propaganda BS! Even on this FB page!!!!!!!

  • It’s hard to filter through the propaganda BS! Even on this FB page!!!!!!!

  • Of course…because there is no one left to arrest them. lol

  • Do the math they were creating their jobs.

  • Cops create crimes to justify their control.

  • i strongly disagree with privatizing police – have you learned nothing from privatized prisons?
    remember when privatized prisons started to spring up? well, out of that privatization the prison industrial complex arised – if towns and cities did the same across the country, no doubt the prison industrial complex will find out and buy out to extend their reach

    and voila, you have a much bigger problem on your hands – government can be reformed, getting rid of corporations is much harder
    it cant be that hard to reform police – or government for that matter
    do what the french did in their revolution back in the day
    if you have an opressive ignorant arsehat, do as follows:
    ask him firmly, albeit nicely to leave – while you dust off the guillotine

    with the amount of privately owned weapons and what not, i do not believe it a big problem – or why the hell do you think they want to take your guns?
    stop talking and start doing things – extreme times call for extreme measures

    • Agree, don’t like the idea of privatizing police.

    • I laughed way to hard at this post. Good stuff.

    • Prisons aren’t “private”. They make their money from government subsidies and taxpayer dollars. They are “fascist” not “private”.

      You know why you don’t see “private” security guards killing people all the time? Because if they screw up, they’re fired, arrested, and charged IMMEDIATELY. There are no special rules for them in the court system. The security company can be sued as well. Suing individual police officers and actual police departments doesn’t change anything because the citizens always foot the bill. All of the police department money comes from taxpayer dollars, just like “private” prisons. A monopoly on force is not what we need. I think your perception of what “private” actually means, is misleading you against a free market solution that would end the police brutality/accountability problem.

      This is what actual private policing could look like:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onWC8nNpIco

    • 73.6% of all statistics are made up.

    • i agree on what you say – in my post, a better word for private would have been ‘for-profit’, thats the angle i was coming from – and thanks for engaging me on this

      the problem i can disceminate from the police brutality/prison complex problems (for example) is not necessarily the idea of the institutions themselves – a police officer from 40 years ago was a hearty fellow, the ones from today are mostly pumped up brutes; the same goes for prisons – back when it wasnt nearly as bad as today
      as far as i know firemen and what not are just as nice as they ever have been – although they too are payed by government/citizens
      what went wrong is the overtaking or the slow poisoning of such institutions, police went bad because regulations were made to not punish arsehats as harshly as they should, entry exams prioritizing wrong traits in trainees (and not focusing on, say, intelligence or pedagogical skill and so on)
      these changes were intentional and by no means built into the system – the system was changed to allow such things to become pervasive
      if police brutality today were transformed into fireman brutality, we would have corruption rings in the news as well as fires being caused by firemen and then not putting the fires they start out because they targeted the guy living in the house – we would then have fireman accountability protests and copblock would be called firemanblock
      though it would be effective – police fulfill a role more suitable to the needs of those manipulating

      this manipulation though is a given, irrelevent of governmental/citizen/private enterprise
      it only takes a few among the many to say yes to corruption and the downward spiral begins in that enterprise
      alot of nonprofit organisations are also corrupt as corrupt can be precisely out of this reason (atleast its my opinion why its so corrupt)

      thomas jefferson was right when he said:
      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
      of course, this need not be taken word for word, what its simply saying is (at least from my point of view) that institutions, ideals and so on need to be rejuvinated, (yes, even redone as the Threat Management Center in detroit shows), through critique and accountabliity – that was, of course, originaly covered by media, but the last 40 years they have become a tool of propaganda and not a tool of government criticism, as it should be (here we have another instance of an ideal oriented institution corrupted and gone sauer over time)

      all in all – the institutions themselves are not the problem – the arsehats looking to subvert these are the problem as well as the weakness of man to succumb to these corruptions – this is a function of time, not a function of institutional error, sooner or later even the most adamant of awsomeness spewing heroes will falter under the influence of power as its mechanism of erosion is much that of the characteristics of water carving rock
      the detroit management center too is subject to this effect, hence one day (if it takes off) it too will have its first scandal of corruption as well as many other things
      jefferson knew this, hence the famous quote of his and easily one that must be carved in stone above many an institution all over the world

      that is also why the internet is so awsome though
      its an unprecidented new addition into world politics – as if to smack the corrupting arsehats in the face, the internet is completely changeing the game and reintroduceing the ideal that the media should have been upholding all along – and doing it in a totally new and uncontrollable way (although its strenghts can also be its pitfalls)
      another good aspect of this is the way the internet itself operates – it is much easier to discredit onesself as well as easier to build credit – making the jefferson tree all that easier to water

    • aaaand sorry for the wall of text

    • So how will private police operate differently from private prisons? They will get money from taxpayers, as well.

    • When you argue for public police, you are arguing for a monopoly

    • The problem, in my opinion, isn’t private or public. The problem is qualified immunity. Be it private or public, if officers are held personally responsible for their actions they’ll think before they violate someone’s rights. The way it is now, if you sue the police and win, the city or county pays. If the cop had to actually pay, things would change.

    • Also remember that we have already tried the privatized police and it led to that mess with that steel mill in the late 1800s.

    • Seems like, and I could be wrong, but I very rarely am, the policing system worked better before they made laws to protect cops from law suits and making it next to impossible to find them guilty of anything, including murder. Cops should have to live under the same rules as the people who are paying them. The first order of business is GET RID OF THE UNION. Police are public servants, how many servants do you know belong to a union?

  • Statute law is illegal. The state and federal government cannot enforce, or enumerate laws that the Constitution did not give them authority to pass. Enforcing said laws is illegal. There are ways to make these statutes, actual laws, legally. Yet the Constitution is now, largely ignored by the populace and both state and federal governments. Even if this story were true, the 61% drop in crime would be those enforcing statutes contrary to their oath to the Constitution. Saying your committing a crime for breaking a statute is a fallacy.

  • I like you guys but you really don’t look hard to see if your stories are real… This one sure isn’t.

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/no-sharpstown-texas-did-not-fire-its-police-force-and-bring-about-a-huge-drop-in-crime/

  • lol i’m sorry but thats bullshit. less police means less coverage area to catch criminals. it doesnt mean less crime is being committed. what needs to happen is marijuana needs to be completely legalized so the police can focus on crime that really is crime.

    • Yes because Jay walking is a crime punishable by assault or death? Sitting outside waiting for a ride to work at 3 am is a crime? Even with marijuana legal they will find other things to killed and harass over

    • you’re taking what i said and warping it into something completely different. you seem like you’re still pissed about the ass whooping the Pats put on you last week.

  • Cut off federal funds for local cops.

  • Clickbait.

  • This is incredible…… Someone took notice, get rid of the thugs and crime goes down…… You don’t have to be a sociologist to match up the dots here…..

  • Unfortunately I cannot buy into getting rid of police is the answer to crime. Can you imagine Chicago without police? Do you really thing gangs there would quit killing each other over drugs and turf? And how about Atlanta, or Baltimore? How about New Orleans? I am sure this town is using the neighboring or country law enforcement services for the 30% crime rate they do have. This is just a town that is using other services paid for by other people. Disgraceful!

  • This works fine on a small local scale but a federal private police force would be much easier to corrupt and pay off.

  • The overwhelming majority of work by law-enforcement is extreme revenue generation and arresting nonviolent drug offenders. They are incentivized to go around harassing and arresting people.

  • Steffan Chun

  • Cheaper and accountable. Not revenue enhancers and not beating and killing citizens. Have to face liability not mooch off taxpayers, I like it.
    This type of privatization I like.
    We should get rid of all the cops this way.

  • fewer criminals on the streets

  • Well I guess it took a rocket scientist.to figure that out.

  • #BernteShares

  • Now one is being charged with police fabricated crimes

  • no no no no no no no no no. Justice should never be for profit. If police are corrupt, it is up to elected government to change that. But private security requires a profit margin. Like private bondsmen have basically created debtors prisons. There are industries that work better private, and industries that work better public. Law enforcement should never need to report to a CEO and shareholders, they should always report to ELECTED OFFICIALS! My god! Has the plutocracy infected you too?

    • Everything done under the sun is for profit. ‘Private’ just means they have to work for their money and please customers. ‘public’ means they must please the rulers to get a little of that nearly unlimited tax money they steal from everyone else.

    • Profit margin IS the accountability to the public

    • Profit in law enforcement leafs to corruption and shakedowns. How is that public accountability?

    • *Not* everything done under the sun is for profit. ‘Private’ just means they have to work for their money and please *the person who is paying them to work*. Keenan Miller FTFY

    • OK. Show new the non profit mercenaries

  • According to an article in Texas Monthly .. Sharptown is a section of Houston with the highest crime of the area .. instead of accepting more Houston Cops to patrol .. they decided to hire private firm S.E.A.L. Security … Houston Cops still have jurisdiction … as do the County Constable .. !st year, home burglaries dropped from 20 to 11 .. but Sharpstown still has Houston’s highest crime rate .. What do you say about this The Free Thought Project.com ?

  • Well if you privatize correctly you don’t have a problem. The real problem is that the people that write the contracts write them in a way that benefits them. Remember you can put anything in a contract. I believe that contracting the police is a great idea if the contract is written right

  • So 61% were already in 😉

  • Duh!!!!! Yah maybe because there was no there to report it! What a bunch of morons

  • Hahahahaa

  • this is alex jones town it is a closed community for millionaires and they hired a team of security agents instead

  • What does that tell you

  • In theory it sounds good.

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    Dave Corkill

  • I think it’s time we start to reassess our opinion of what is and what is not a “crime”. So many arbitrary acts of senseless violence over j-walking and other victimless “crimes” should be considered far worse than doing something because you are a free human being w free will. As long as you’re not hurting anyone physically, financially or emotionally (to the point where it could lead them to hirting themselves or others) why don’t we step back and let each other live our lives.

  • How interesting

  • When all you have is a hammer…

  • Tftp is all over the place with your opinions. Private for-profit cops? Denying the existence and problem of private prisons? Look im fed up with the government and police too but at least think before you spout out stupid ideas like this.

  • Try saying this worked to Josephine county, Oregon. cops are m-f 8-5p and crime is rampant especially after 5p and weekends,

  • Only in texas would you fire the police department and still have someone recording crimes… I would think it would be a 100% drop. But hey…

  • Everything done under the sun is for profit. ‘Private’ just means they have to work for their money and please customers. ‘public’ means they must please the rulers to get a little of that nearly unlimited tax money they steal from everyone else.

  • That being said…this story is apparently bullshit. That’s the last straw Freethoughroject.com ..
    I agree with your views but not your methods. No journalistic integrity whatsoever. Off my page now.

  • well of course… who’s documenting the crimes if there’s no police lmao

  • that’s because 85% of crimes are committed by police.

  • I apologize but this story is completely false.

  • Yeah they’re not getting caught. Sound logic you have there.

  • You guys like to post false reports on face book. AS FOR PRIVATE POLICE, SEE THE MOVIE ROBO COP. that movie ended well for the private police company, they went belly-up

  • Can this be true..?

  • Wow.

  • Gene Pikachoo Ramirez O:

  • i hope this catches on. stop the revenuers their just stealing your money.

  • The town is also saving millions by jettisoning those roaches!!

  • The privatization option should at least exist, if just to create a competitive environment that forces traditional cops to consider their liability before acting.

  • Donald chumptime

  • Somebody should probably tell the Free Thought Project that there is no such town as Sharpstown, TX. Sharpstown is a master-planned community in southwest Houston, Texas. Sharpstown has never had its own schools, fire department, mayor, post offices, city council, or police force. It is under the jurisdiction of the Houston Police Department, just like downtown Houston, River Oaks, and Fifth Ward.

    • Probably why they had to hire a private force. The Houston police weren’t doing their job.