Excellence Is Ignored In The Public Sector

Dave Killion — October 5, 2012

There have been a lot of videos documenting ugly behaviour by cops, but I bet you haven’t seen many like¬†this. Watch it (2:40), then come back for the rest of this post.

Finished? Seriously, watch the post first.

Alrighty, then. Here we have a feel-good news story about what appears to be a decent human being doing the very tough job of law enforcement very well. And since libertarians know there are so very many feel-bad stories about LEOs, I hope this video did make you feel good. But realize this Рthis video is also a testimony to the failure of the public sector.

The LA Sheriff’s department has had twenty years to study this deputy’s performance, and share his techniques not only within the department, but with law enforcement agencies everywhere. But since there is no profit motive, and none of the competition that drives excellence, twenty years passed before anyone even noticed what a great job Deputy Simmons has been doing. Subject that kind of ineptitude to market forces, and I doubt the LA Sheriff’s department would last six months, much less twenty years. And in a libertarian world, Deputy Simmons would have gotten the attention he deserves a long, long time ago.

Such a waste.


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