“Most of them realize there’s only so many police officers in the city,” said Ross. “If they want a constant presence, then they’re having to take that on themselves … whether it’s an off-duty officer or security. More often than not, they tend to hire police.”
For $30 an hour, a business in Salt Lake City can hire an officer in uniform. Local business owner Kasandra Verbrugghen has an officer stand guard several days a week. “I’d love to see the city step up and pay for what we’re having to pay, but you know, that hasn’t happened,” she said.