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David Harris on Big Donations to National Law Enforcement Museum by Vendors of Police Equipment

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November 14, 2011

Professor David Harris discussed the large donations given to establish the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., by companies that sell millions of dollars of public safety gear to police departments every year.  Professor Harris told USA Today that while many corporations make donations to public causes for the good will these gifts engender, large gifts by vendors of equipment to public entities calls for a degree of caution.   "The question is this: Are companies doing this out self-interest, to get a better hearing when it comes to selling a new product? You see this in a number of industries, but what's different here is that (public safety) involves public, taxpayer money. You want to make sure that there are appropriate safeguards in place."

 

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