Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rent-a-Cop: Montreal Police Taps Into A Profitable Business

Inspector Jimmy Cacchione at Montreal Police headquarters in Montreal. After spending much of his career working in the organized crime and money laundering sections, Cacchione rents out police expertise to all types of clients. Since they advertised their services on the web, business has been booming. Photograph by: John Kenney, Montreal Gazette


Montreal's police force sells expertise to raise revenue as budget shrinks.

MONTREAL — After spending much of his career breaking up money-laundering rings and fighting organized crime, Jimmy Cacchione has a new job these days with the Montreal police — and it has nothing to do with catching bad guys.

The 43-year-old commander heads the force's business development division, which sells police expertise to a wide variety of clients for a profit.

With a shrinking budget — the force has been asked to cut $13.85 million from this year's $588-million budget — Montreal police are increasingly trying to sell their expertise to help replenish municipal coffers.

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