Private Paramilitary ‘American Police Force’ Corporation Takes Over Small Town Police Force and Prisoner-Less Jail
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
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Neil Katz, CBS News/AP
September 29, 2009
|Screen capture of the website for American Police Force (which, to judge by its Serbian crest is neither American nor a Police Force), which has since been pulled from the Net|
HARDIN, Mont. – This is the strange story of how American Police Force, a little known company which claims to specialize in training military and security forces overseas, has seemingly taken control of a $27 million, never-used jail, and a rural Montana town’s nonexistent police force.
After arriving in this tiny city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a police department that has never existed, representatives of the obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin’s jail, which has no prisoners.
Significant obstacles remain – including a lack of any contracts to acquire prisoners from other jails or other states.
And on Friday came the revelation the company’s operating agreement for the facility has yet to be validated – two weeks after city leaders first unveiled what they said was a signed agreement.