Police state!

It’s George Orwell’s 1984 in South Carolina.  This reference is to the vast many of police forces withing South Carolina.  Being in Columbia, the states capitol, I’m reminded of it every day.  Only this morning did I witness yet another state government police force.  Is this what our country is becoming?  Wasn’t this part of what we fought to be rid of from the British?

It’s funny.  Every city in any state has it’s own police force.  Each state has it’s own “state” police force.  Yet South Carolina is the only state where I’ve lived where they think they have to have more than just the state police, county police or city police.  This doesn’t even count college police forces.  Below are some examples:

Department of Protective Services

Security and Employment Commission Police

South Carolina Education and Welfare Police

South Carolina Department of Transportation Police

South Carolina Housing Authority Police

Department of Protective Services

The list goes on and on and on.  Yes, I can see specialization.  But there is no need for all these petty fiefdoms.  Many of these so call police force jobs could and should be handled by the city, county, state police forces.  For instance, When does the Security and Employment commission need a police force for?  No other state have I seen this ever.

It’s truly interesting to see all this madness work.  It’s bad enough that this state is ranked 5th in the list of “most corrupt” governments.  This kind of madness breeds corruption from the lowest levels to the highest.  Sad thing is that with all these police forces, the crime rate remains the same.

I was born and raise in the state of Michigan.  Yes, I’m a “damned Yankee.”  The state of Michigan doesn’t have all this graft going on.  If a state agency needs police backup they contact the local city, county, or if necessary state police force.   With all the police the state of South Carolina has there is a greater likelihood of corruption.  And no my birth state isn’t any better than here.  They failed the last check at governmental transparency as well.  However, they do convict more people per capita than this state for corruption.

It all boils down to one statement:

“Who’s watching the watcher?”

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