Thursday, July 14, 2011

D.C. uses fire department to quell crime

The firefighters aren't happy about a new D.C. policy that deputizes them as police officers.

For the past three weeks, and expected to continue at least through next spring, D.C. firefighters have been told to park their trucks in high crime neighborhoods and sit in them.  If they see any suspicious activity, they are supposed to call 911, reports NBC Washington.

The firefighters, however, see this as a "disaster."  They aren't paid to be law enforcement, and they have no weapons or law enforcement training.  Yet they are being asked to stake out some of the most dangerous parts of town.

D.C., on the other hand, says that no one will commit a crime in front of a group of firemen. 

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