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    Facebook 'Friends' Its City, Pays for Officer

    MENLO PARK, Calif.—On a recent afternoon, police officer Mary Ferguson visited the home of a teenager in this Silicon Valley suburb who had been missing school and was on probation.

    Officer Ferguson approached the boy's father as part of her rounds and asked if he checks the teen's Facebook page to make sure he's "on the up and up." When the man said he didn't, the officer assured him she did—thanks to a Facebook account she uses as part of her job that doesn't reveal her true identity. "I'll keep my eye on him," she said.

    Officer Ferguson, 34 years old, is sometimes called "The Facebook Cop," but it isn't for her savvy use of social media. It is because her salary and benefits are paid entirely by Facebook Inc., which is based in this well-off city of 32,000.

    In an unusual deal, the social-networking giant has agreed to fund a $194,000-a-year police position, including salary and benefits. The position is controlled by Menlo Park and the primary duties of the job are to keep children in school, work with juvenile offenders, and help large local businesses such as Facebook plan for emergencies like fires, earthquakes or violent intruders.

  • #2
    I want that job.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


    • #3
      Doesn't sound like much of a fun assignment. Juvenile officer combined with admin planning? No thanks!
      Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

      I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq


      • #4
        Can I assign somebody to that job?

        I know several "cops" who would rather be social workers. They can take that job and I can hopefully get a new partner who knows how to use force appropriately, doesn't try to talk drug users out of doing drugs, doesn't hide on lame calls for hours, and has my back in a fight.


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