Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm Totally Calling The Cops

So, the Journal Sentinel linked to an article by the West Allis paper about an awesome program that your state is funding. Here's how it "works":

The police get a tip that a high school party is going down. First, they call the parents at the location and tell them. If they can't get a hold of the parents the cops put a sign out front in the yard that will mark the spot.

Seriously. This is your tax dollars at works folks.

First, how many times do you think cops will get prank calls about parties at some dude's house that just isn't happening? As further incentive, consider this: "The department will encourage students with information about parties to call Crime Stoppers, which awards cash for such crime-related information."

Second, a sign??? That's the best you can do?! How long do you think the sign will last on the front yard? Ten minutes? No way it makes it longer than an hour. What do you think "prize" is at the local high school for the student that "captures" the most signs? Why not a bat signal? Or burn a pentagram in the lawn? Heck, set a cross on fire and leave it in the middle of the driveway.

Third, it seems to me to be a far better use of money to just occasionally patrol the area and then bust the party. It's not like students are subtle or even particularly elusive. After two or three cars you can probably get a general idea of what's going down and you can bust the party before it really even gets started. Putting a sign out front will just encourage the party to move - and probably to a location that you won't know about - despite your professed "search for information using Facebook and other social networking sites."

So, there you go. If you live in West Allis, keep an eye out for the PARTY sign. You know there's a good time going on.

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