Flagstaff PD To Profile Drinkers

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Today’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun reports that the Flagstaff Police Department will soon be implementing a new program at downtown bars called Operation 86. This program will have cops and bar owners seeking out people who “might” be a threat to public safety later on in the evening. These potential criminals will be told to go home.

The article is not clear on the kind of profiling techniques bar owners and officers will use. What exactly will throw up the red flag that makes a bar patron suddenly turn into a suspect who police believe may commit future crimes?

I realize that Flagstaff has occasional problems at downtown bars but is profiling and assuming guilt really the solution?

Are random New York City style “stop and frisk” tactics coming next?


  1. Janet Blazen
    March 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    All I can say is…… OMG ! 1984 is a little late but INDEED here !

  2. cal
    March 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    yes, the stop and frisk is condoned becouse the sheep believe: “I didn’t doanything wrong so it can’t happen to me”

  3. March 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I dont believe that one single bar owner will be a willing participant in this so called program, Profiling against your own customers? yea right. You might as well close your doors now. There are already laws on the books to keep patrons from becoming a problem later. This is going to cost the taxpayers millions in lawsuits. The law allows for the legal sale of alcohol in the State of Arizona and the City of Flagstaff cannot impede that right to any lawful liquor license holder. This is harrasement! nothing less.

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