Thursday, October 22, 2009
Just Call It Country Club Policing
A friend and contributor of Mayor Greg Ballard is the owner of Maple Creek Country Club on the eastside. It seems he was having a problem with car break-ins and so IMPD gave an IMPD squad car to the owner to park in the parking lot for a month until WXNT's Russ McQuaid showed up and started asking questions. The keys to the car were given to the golf club owner, who would move the car inside and outside of a garage at the beginning and end of each day. McQuaid learned of this special arrangement from a source who furnished him with an internal e-mail discussing the problem of the break-ins at the country club. The police car on loan to the privately-owned county club ended just 7 days after McQuaid learned from his tip what was taking place. With so many of IMPD's officers moonlighting as security officers, you might ask why this private golf club owner couldn't hire one to police his parking lot, or why he didn't install a hidden camera to help nail the culprit. Giving him free use of a police car for 30 days seems a bit eschew, don't you think? As my friend Pat Andrews cracks, is this a fulfillment of Mayor Ballard's campaign promise to end country club politics?