was originally a "bacon replacement" aka fake bacon. As such, it's also a term for security
guards aka fake police aka rent-a-cops. It was originally used
to describe the Las Colinas, TX security
patrol. At the time, they
were trying to un-annex themselves from
the city of Irving.
Part of that initiative
involved hiring police officers to "patrol". Since they
weren't really a city yet, they
couldn't really have a police force, so they
had a security
patrol. Since they
really didn't have any authority, they
tried to be "hard asses" and run off anyone they
considered "undesirable". They
patrolled most public places - shopping
centers, parks, etc.
The "undesirables" included anyone under the age of 35, any pedestrian, anyone not wearing expensive clothing or anyone not driving a Cadillac or equivalent. God forbid you have a skate
board or a bicycle.
Oh, look, sizzlean is patrolling again.