How to add cops on the street- cheap

Trying to get the Dayton Police Department to write traffic tickets like Oakwood or Kettering is like trying to get a candidate to run against the machine here- ain’t going to happen.

So- instead of having real cops stand outside with laser detectors- why not use:

Idea City: Marketing – Advertising – Culture
The New York Times reports the town of Smyrna, Tennessee has posted life-size, corrugated plastic cutouts of cops holding speed guns at busy intersections in town… (click the link above to see the rest of the article- the link to the Times is gone)

Photo of real cop behind his photo double.

The trick comes, when you actually put the real cop out with his cutout- so you can never tell if it’s real, or Officer Rex.

The perception of Oakwood as a quiet, safe city- comes in part from their crackdown on speeders. Dayton suffers as a perceived wild-west of boom-thunk cars and smoking rubber. A few cut-out cops and a little enforcement might start to change things.

Opinions anyone?

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed! If you wish to support this blog and independent journalism in Dayton, consider donating. All of the effort that goes into writing posts and creating videos comes directly out of my pocket, so any amount helps!