In discussions over federalism the role of local government is often overlooked. In my veiw we would be better of if some of the States responsibilities and tax powers were given to the local government. Local policing seems appropriate to me. Frankston Council in Victoria is doing just that:
A MELBOURNE council fed up with too much crime and too few police is moving to hire a private security force to patrol local streets.
Frankston Council in Melbourne is poised to spend about $250,000 of public funds hiring eight roaming guards as part of a six-month trial to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
Deputy mayor Brian Cunial - a serving police officer stationed at Frankston - is among councillors expected to endorse the "rent-a-cop" plan at a special vote tonight....