Let’s bring back the Night Watch

The case for nonprofessional public safety with less training and fewer resources

The Night Watch (painting) by Rembrandt
The Night Watch (painting) by Rembrandt
The Night Watch (c1640) by Rembrandt (Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=78703510)

Map of Southwestern Oregon showing the location of Cave Junction.
Map of Southwestern Oregon showing the location of Cave Junction.
U.S. National Park Service, restoration/cleanup by Matt Holly / Public domain
Book cover for Fight the Power by Clarence Taylor
Book cover for Fight the Power by Clarence Taylor
Protesters march to end racial profiling in New York City
Protesters march to end racial profiling in New York City
By longislandwins — Flickr: Silent march to end stop and frisk and racial profiling (in 2012), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27207006
Work Projects Administration Poster reading “Safety for You, for All”
Work Projects Administration Poster reading “Safety for You, for All”
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection — Library of CongressCatalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/98517824Image, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31964459

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