Call 911 in the future and – if it’s a non-emergency call – a retired police officer working for a private company might show up at your door.
A bipartisan pair of city councilors has introduced legislation that would allow the city to hire a private security firm that employs retired officers to respond to non-emergency property crime calls, like thefts, where there is no suspect or threat.
The pilot project will bring about 25 former officers to several of the busiest police area commands in the city for the next year at a cost of about $1.3 million. They would not be commissioned and would not carry firearms, but they would have backgrounds in law enforcement and scene investigation.
Mayor Richard Berry announced the plan last week as part of a 14-point agenda he has to fight increasing crime rates, especially property crimes, citywide.