Third World Style Policing From Chief Mills Continues with “Pay for Protection”

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Last May we blogged about how Chief Mills was adopting third world policing concepts for Eureka – (protect the well to do, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves)

Here we are a year later and Mills is upping the ante with what can only be called his “Pay for Protection“ policy

Following the long standing tradition of countries like Singapore and Malaysia, the City of Eureka has recently rented its police force to a large national company. Rouse Properties, whose headquarters are in New York, recently paid for the Eureka Police Department to patrol the Bayshore Mall. Thanks to Thaddeus Greenson and the North Coast Journal for breaking this story. From the article:

“For the last month, the Eureka Police Department has been under contract to provide daily foot patrols at the Bayshore Mall.

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The written agreement between the city and the mall has been in place since March 17, with an EPD officer walking the mall in four- to five-hour shifts, seven days a week, with the city charging the mall $50 an hour for the service…..

With Eureka’s first private contract for police patrols winding down, both Sparks and Mills said there have been no talks of renewing or extending the Bayshore Mall agreement. But could arrangements to hire out Eureka police for other patrols be on the horizon? What if Old Town businesses wanted to throw some money at some added foot patrols? What if Henderson Center merchants wanted to do the same?……

The question also arises whether the city and the department would be willing to provide the same offer to residential areas. For example, what if a neighborhood watch group saw an issue that might be addressed by a short period of extra patrols and raised the funds to foot the bill? The idea seemed to make Mills a bit uncomfortable.

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Special protection for those that can pay

“I really hadn’t thought that far down the road,” he said. “I want to be careful that we’re not, you know, providing special police services for those with the finances to pay. I think it’s important for us to police equally in all parts of the city. This was a special circumstance because of a couple of acts of violence that we needed to settle down.”

Ahhh, so Chief Mills has apparently backtracked and feels that it wouldn’t be fair to offer special police protection to those who could pay big bucks for it. Unless, of course, you’re a billion dollar real estate company. Well, Chief Mills is just following a long standing tradition in the area. Not too many years ago, when lumber was king, the Eureka Police Department acted as strike breakers for big lumber. In fact, on June 21, 1935 the Eureka Police Department and private guards (called “special police”) from the Holmes-Eureka Mill fired into a crowd of strikers. At least 3 people were killed and several others were injured.

The Holmes-Eureka Mill was situated on what is now the Bayshore Mall. So, less than 100 years later, the Eureka Police is once again working as the muscle for a private company. We guess that goes to the old saying, “The more things change the more they stay the same…..In Eureka anyway”


30 thoughts on “Third World Style Policing From Chief Mills Continues with “Pay for Protection”

  1. I find it troubling that after all the talk about the short staffing at EPD, which was used as a reason to continue the sales tax increase, we now have officers being rented out by one large corporation. The excuse of having a stabbing at the mall is lame, given that there have been stabbings, shootings and killings in several neighborhoods over the past year.

    If this was about responding to violence in a particular area, why wasn’t the same offer given to businesses in Old Town? Walking down there sometimes feels like the land of lawlessness. I’ve read of robberies and violent assaults in Old Town. The local businesses might have been able to pool their resources and paid for the same service.

    But that would just support the same system of having to pay for police protection. Shouldn’t the police be identifying areas to patrol more frequently, areas with high violence and crime, instead of making people pay for the “privilege”?

    Mills speaks very well, and seems to have convinced many that he is the “forward thinking” chief that Eureka needs. However, to quote the bible which Mills so often professes his belief in, “A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.”

    The fruit of Mills has been an increase in crime, the killing of Tommy McClain and Daren Borges, numerous lawsuits and settlements, and the continuation/resurrection of policies from the “bad old days” of EPD.

    When will this council wake up and enforce the change that is needed in the department?

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  2. I live and work in old town and we want extra police presence. I thought that’s what we pay all the extra sales tax for?


    • I think Mills and Sparks are worried that Walmart might move outside the City limits. The Devil playground residents have been feeding themselves at the Walmart grocery trough for quite awhile. Word is that they are losing massive amounts of merchandise


      • Walmart will be building a new SuperCenter at the Indianola Cutoff and 101N; Walmart has already purchased over 40 acres in that area, including the old drive-in and the Cash-N-Carry property.
        Once Walmart moves to a new store, the mall will die.


      • Just curious as to why the moderator selectively assigns a “Eureka Citizen” tag to occasional comments. Is there a connection the rest of us, being new to the site, don’t know, or understand? Thanks for the explanation.


      • Oh brother. Eureka Citizen is back using one if the numerous aliases take it seem as if people agree. Troll alert!!!!!

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      • I wrote:

        “if the numerous aliases take it seem as if people agree”.

        I would blame the cell phone, but it’s my lack of consistently using my glasses that gets me into trouble. It should have read, “of the numerous aliases to make it seem as if more people agree.” Argg…I apologize.

        I don’t apologize for directing the comment right at Air Force Colonel, or Eureka Citizen, or the other lettered aliases that seem to crop up here from the same person. Think about that “CC”.


      • JP: I’m sorry if, for some reason, I resemble a previous problem commentator; it was not my intention. I simply chose my user name based on the fact I live in Crescent City and commute to work in Eureka; most of the time I ride my Harley, unless my husband objects due to weather.
        Again, I was trying to understand what the connection was, and, apparently, have now become the target.
        Sorry to have disturbed you folks’ blog; I was under the impression all were free to comment.


  3. I have not gone to Wallmart and have not been to the back of the Bayshore Mall since Gottshalks was there.

    The photos are shocking. What a vast difference from now to when the mall first opened in 1986. Back then there was even a Polo Ralph Lauren!


    • Carol we don’t want to be misleading you the photos are meant to be symbolic. They’re not taken in Eureka.

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      • You do an article on the Bayshore Mall, then post critical pictures that aren’t even from the mall. Yet you say you don’t want to be misleading? Are you kidding? Besides…..the NCJ article clearly states that officers volunteer for the patrol duty on their off time, a practice common in cities not stuck in the past.


      • “a practice common in cities not stuck in the past.” You mean a common practice in corrupt cities all around the world.
        By stuck in the past, you must mean stuck on the notion of equal justice under the law.


      • No pete, I meant exactly what I said. If you have comprehension issues, get someone to explain the posts to you before you reply. And you might want to have someone help you research all the cities that provide off duty cops to private business at thier expense, but I suppose you’ll say all those cities are corrupt, so never mind.


      • Pete: The practice is common with police departments, large and small, throughout the country. Sporting events, concert venues, and even large/small shopping centers, all over the country, pay for volunteer officers for special patrols during special events and circumstances. This was done in Eureka, for the sole purpose to diffuse a sudden rise in violent incidents at the mall; the officers only presented a visible presence, to deter crime, as they would in the general patrols about the city. There is/was nothing corrupt, or abnormal, about this arrangement, despite all the negative verbiage used by Tuluwat writers; using an 80 year old incident as comparison is not only laughable, but shows the lack of credibility of Tuluwat.


  4. That’s good. Thank you for the clarification.


  5. You might have had some credibility had you not cited a comparison that was 80 years old. LMFAO! That’s some funny stuff.


  6. “Not too many years ago”…..1935 is EIGHTY years ago! Is there a single person working for EPD, or the owners of the mall, that were alive in 1935? Your “connection” process is flawed!
    As for the Mall patrols, Mills said they were do to recent stabbings and other violent crimes that spiked during a 2 week period at the mall; adding a few extra patrols would have worked, but the mall operators, and the mall tenant businesses, all chipped in to pay for the extra patrols. The reason was not only to end the mall violence, but also to calm the businesses’ employees so they would be willing to come into work; many employees threatened to quit for safety reasons.
    This is no more that what other police departments do, all over the country; businesses, sport franchises, large public venues, etc., all offer to pay for any overtime to have extra patrols.
    Leave it to you anti-LEO folks at Tuluwat to make a mountain out of a molehill.


    • “anti-LEO” hmmmm it seems to me that they’re anti corruption and incompetency.

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      • This type of procedure is commonplace among police departments around the country; read the NCJ article for a full, informative, non-slanted view of the situation. The practice occurs daily throughout the country, yet if the City of Eureka does it, is is corrupt and incompetent? This was a short term arrangement to quell a sudden rise in violent crimes at the mall; the department did so without affecting regular schedules or patrols of the community. Why is Tuluwat the only site with a negative twist of the facts? Why compare a modern day police department with what happened on a single day 80 years ago?
        The incompetency is right here, within Tuluwat, not with the EPD.


  7. Is this even legal in California? if it is it shouldn’t be


    • Read the North Coast Journal article. It explains that this arrangement is used daily all over the country. It is legal all over the country. This was a first for Eureka, and was only done as an effort to quell rising violent crimes that occurred at the Mall within a few days.
      Please, read the NCJ article for an informative version of how/why this was done; TE’s goal is to put a negative spin on all EPD activity, no matter what the legalities are or what the positive results are.


      • Yes, and some states still allow 16 year old kids to marry with their parent’s permission.

        A public police force should not be for private hire, especially in a city facing chronic shortages in officers.

        This is a step backwards towards the old fire departments that only served homes with paid fire insurance policies.


      • What does 16 year olds getting married have to do with this thread?


  8. No imagination?

    Just because other parts of the country have different laws, for example, in marriage, doesn’t mean they are worthy of emulation, like in hiring-out public police forces. This was the irrational argument posed by “CC Rider” above.

    It has been well-known for years that big boxes, malls, hotels, gas station/mini-markets, bars and liquor stores, generate the most calls to police.

    Therefore, these entities should be levied taxes commensurate with those calls, a far cry from awarding them discounted, private detectives from Eureka’s understaffed police force.

    $50/hour is probably about one-third the actual cost of what our police, their average salaries, benefits, ongoing training, gear, including all other police resources, support-staff, real estate, utilities, et al, are billed to the public.

    Not that one single media source would bother (dare) to actually calculate it!


    • Good thing other states don’t emulate California’s marriage laws, where there is no minimum age to get married.


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