Menlo Park City Council has unanimously approved Facebook's offer of $600,000 to pay for a beat cop for three years. The officer, due to start in April, would work in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, a low-income area close to Facebook headquarters. While some are praising Facebook's contribution to local law enforcement, others question the implications of a private company funding a public resource.
Facebook Footing the Bill for Menlo Park Beat Cop
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Donald Cohen, executive director of In the Public Interest, a research and policy center studying the privatization of public services and assets
Robert Jonsen, chief of the Menlo Park Police Department