May 11, 2012
The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in Florida is using a trust fund to train garbage truck drivers and landscapers to spot crime in the neighborhoods where they work.
The program is called Operation B.O.L.O., which trains people to be on the lookout for crime as they go about their daily tasks.
“When an employee reports something suspicious, on-duty BSO deputies will drive to the scene. If the information leads to an arrest, the employee gets a reward of up to $100,” reports the Sun Sentinel.
B.O.L.O. is funded by BSO’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is made up of funds seized during investigations.
In other words loot grabbed from drug dealers and others the cops think might be involved with illegal drugs. Under Florida law, the police must spend the money on “special programs or crime prevention.”
Adding non-cops to law enforcement is a growing trend. Baltimore established iWatch last year, a program which encourages citizens to text or send videos and photos of suspicious behavior. Oakland and dozens of other municipalities around the county have established websites dedicated to reporting suspicious behavior.
Illinois and Texas have programs similar to the one launched by the BSO, although they have yet to pay workers for turning in tips.
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