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Old 06-29-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I noticed awhile back that the Mount Vernon Estate now has its own police department. It's not just security guards as these guys are apparently sworn peace officers with guns, badges, and "Police" marked on their vehicles. Since Mount Vernon is a privately owned enterprise I'm curious if any other private entity could organize and maintain its own force. Am also curious why the Ladies felt the need to have their own PD. Doesn't Fairfax County provide adequate service?
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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There was a WAPO article the other day about "conservators of the peace" in Virginia. Apparently this arrangement goes back to colonial times (especially appropriate for Mount Vernon?)...maybe the Ladies are using this law.

The WAPO article was more about the trouble these conservators get into in DC...but it provides some general info about conservators of the peace.

Virginia ‘conservator of peace’ program flawed, some say - The Washington Post
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Thanks for that link. It explained it well. I really don't think private entities should have police departments, even if it comes from the colonial era. We're not part of Britain anymore so would be nice if we could start following American practices (like police being accountable to a duly elected government of the people). I'm glad at least the legislature revoked their ability to put blue lights on their cars. Since anyone can open carry here I guess we can't really restrict that part of it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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University police departments are very important to many universities.

Basically its just rights of private property. If its your property - whether its your house, or a 2000 acre university campus - its your right to have security guards. In uniform or out. You can have one guy, with little training, walking around and call him a security guard. Or you can hire ex-cops, put them in cruisers, and call them police - like most every large university does.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_police

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campus_police
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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There's too many different police departments around here.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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If I can have my own Police department does that mean I am not subject to "Civilian" firearm procurement restrictions and can purchase the hardware Police purchase? Mahahaha ...
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:45 AM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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If I can have my own Police department does that mean I am not subject to "Civilian" firearm procurement restrictions and can purchase the hardware Police purchase? Mahahaha ...
Get a friend and have him be your police department, and vice-versa.
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