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RACINE, Wis. - When Branden Kerr, of Racine, sold his Sony PlayStation on Craigslist this month, he conducted the swap at a Milwaukee police station.

It's not often that buyers and sellers conduct business at police departments, but officers encourage the idea. They said it's a neutral location that allows both parties to keep their home addresses private. Having officers around also decreases the likelihood of swindling.

Jackson Police Chief Jed Dolnick runs the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. He supports the idea, although he recommends calling the station first. He said some may not have spacious lobbies, and others aren't open 24 hours a day.

Kerr said an earlier buyer backed out of a deal after Kerr suggested meeting at a police station. He said that suggests the buyer was shady.

Last March, the Milton Police Department offered up its lobby to residents as a place to conduct in-person transactions stemming from online sales.


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Police lobbies an ideal site for Craisglist swaps Sunday, March 30 2014, 07:19 PM CDT

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