The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the principal co-operator of the statewide Redflex automated ticketing scheme, may be facing over $10 million in budget cuts according to KPHO.
While the agency is facing a situation where 97 sworn officer positions remain unfilled and possible elimination of 15 civilian jobs, absolutely no mention is made of cuts regarding the disastrous and unpopular photo radar surveillance program.
Earlier this year, during a threat of a state government shutdown, DPS indicated that they might have to end “non-essential” or lower-priority projects. DPS’s contract with Redflex was mentioned specifically as a possible victim of such cuts:
The agency is reviewing all non-essential functions in case the threatened shutdown becomes reality.
Profit over policing through the use of cameras is not unique to Arizona. Just recently in Kansas, officers were being taken off of the streets to work desk jobs relating to photo enforcement, prompting the police board to question if “…the cameras are becoming more of a burden than a useful tool.”