Thoughts on Guard Policing CONUS cities?
Please don't miscronstrue my post or take this to mean I'm against the military or something because I'm definitely not and I thank everyone who serves, but am I the only one that sees something wrong with this:
Gov. To Extend National Guard Stay In New Orleans - New Orleans News Story - WDSU New Orleans
"I think it's a good part to fight crime," he said. "I think it's great the governor is partnering with the city of New Orleans as we try to combat crime."
One criminal court judge said the police department can't handle patrolling on its own.
"It's necessary," Judge Arthur Hunter said. "The city doesn't have enough police in the district to do patrolling."
The National Guard has been in the city since a crime outbreak in June 2006. It costs the state about $3 million per month to keep the Guard in New Orleans.
I could be wrong, but why exactly are we burning our extremely valuable military resources on POLICING New Orleans?
If their police department can't handle their job(in their own words!), perhaps some heads should start rolling and a re-org take place?
Man, talk about burning money and wasting resources.
National Guard in CONUS Cities
Originally Posted by David in FL
I agree that the National Guard should not be used for "supplemental police work" except in times of true emergency and then only judiciously. I spent nearly twelve years between active duty and national guard time. In my opinion, both organizations were professional, well trained and equipped to accomplish their mission. But other than some rudimentary riot control training while in the national guard, we had no law enforcement training. Our focus was purely military and that meant killing (or training to kill) as many enemy combatants in the most timely and violent fashion available. While that comment may be somewhat harsh and easy to take out of context, that's what it amounted to - and properly so. Perhaps military training doctrine has changed over the years, but it still occurs to me that military forces should be used for military purposes outside the United States. I even have a problem with "peacekeeping missions" outside the US, but that's another issue.