Have to wonder if crime really went down, or just bogus arrests went down.
> fewer officers, lower pay...
There are two ways to "improve" the crime statistics. Having really a lower crime ratio is one. Stopping to count smaller crimes, discouraging people to denounce or hiding cases under the carpet instead to report it to your boss or the press is another. I'm not saying that is the case here, but this can happen.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job.”
I truly believe this, and I'm on the right side of the political aisle on most positions.
A strong economy lifts many boats.
I'm thinking it would be nice if there were a TV series based on community policing, instead of the usual that make police heros for being macho and violent.
More victims are just getting to the hospital faster by calling an Uber.
This seems like a real indictment of the ambulance system?
A murder rate of 22 per 100,000 is nothing to be proud of.
If i where a arms-dealer protecting my trade, i would know where my next free shipment is headed.
> It’s policing turned poetry, and his officers, too, have internalized it in their training. “The old police mantra was make it home safely,” Camden police officer Tyrell Bagby told the New York Times in April. “Now we’re being taught not only should we make it home safely, but so should the victim and the suspect.”
I'm skeptical we can achieve this nationwide.
Firstly, I suspect the main problem is in the commissioner's office and maybe even the mayor's office and the city council. One dead/injured cop costs $x and one dead suspect costs $y. x>>y. At the end of the day, there is no free lunch.
Secondly, there are some very racist people in our society. Just because they wear a uniform and swear an oath won't change anything. Add to that the fact that we all have biases even if we think we don't. Yes, reader. You do too. We can't fix that with training.
Thirdly, we are creatures of habit. You can't give a one day seminar and expect people to go yeah of course. I can't even add a new button on a form by making the old button smaller and putting a new button next to the old button on an internal app. With an organization like the police, the organization has a life and memory of its own. Newcomers will give more weight to what they learned on the job than in what they learned in training and rightly so. How do we hit the reset button?
Sorry but it won't be easy. I think the first problem we need to tackle is incentives though. What motivates people to act the way they do?