Today, a PID listener sent me a link to an article at KULR television, a station serving the Billings, Montana area. (Hat tip to Allen!) This strange and disturbing report describes vague details around a deal between the city of Hardin, MT and a mysterious organization called “The American Police Group”.
Once you’ve read the article, you’ll understand why I immediately conducted a Google search for information about the group that has promised to visit “…Hardin next week and start filling about 250 positions, 80% of which will be hired locally.” In such lean economic times as these, it’s natural that small towns would seek to bring in new business, especially if said business uses and/or renovates already existing property. In this case, it’s the Hardin jail, currently an empty building, that the new ‘business’ has promised to renovate.
But how much vetting did the Twin Rivers Authority conduct before signing with their new partner? Perhaps none. However, like it or not, the California company has arrived in Hardin, for better or worse. I’m thinking the latter is a strong possibility.
According to a Sept. 26, 2009 article at the Mercury News:
After arriving in this rural city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a nonexistent police department, representatives of an obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin’s never-used, $27 million jail. [direct quote, although the emphasis is all mine]
Significant obstacles remain—including a lack of any prisoner contracts on the part of the company that wants to run the jail, American Police Force.
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.
If this were an April 1st article or one at Spoof.com, it would make much more sense! ‘Captain’ Michael Hilton (known originally only as “Captain Michael” since he declined to reveal his surname, even to AP reporters) says he plans a helicopter tour of the area to locate the perfect 5,000-10,000 acre spot for a ‘tactical military training ground’. Continue reading