It was recently announced that Facebook will soon be funding the addition of a beat cop who will work near the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park.
It was recently announced that Facebook will soon be funding the addition of a beat cop who will work near the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park. In doing so, Facebook will become the very first private company in the US to pay for a 40 hour per week officer.
Many people are happy about the decision and think the move will create a new model for corporate community involvement. However there are others in a different camp who aren’t in favor of Facebook hiring a publicly paid official.
Despite the conflicting opinions, Facebook’s offer to fund an additional police officer for the neighborhood where its headquarters is located was approved. The Menlo Park City Council approved the company’s offer of 200 grand a year for what they call a ‘community safety police officer’.
The beat cop will work out of a nearby substation and have numerous duties including planning security measures and safety drills for nearby school campuses. He or she will also be responsible for gathering information on gangs and drugs.
Last year, two Facebook employees went to the police department and offered to pay for an officer after learning the city was having problems with crime and needed additional help.
Menlo Park Police Commander Dave Bertini commented ‘They are bending over backwards to be good neighbors. There is no quid pro quo here.’