Is It Time to Change How We Think about Cops? | Edward Stringham   Leave a comment

One need not assume that unionized, militarized, monopolistic policemen are the only option for keeping Americans safe.

Ronald Reagan famously stated, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” But should we apply such thinking to the police? The answer depends on whom we ask.

On police, liberals and conservatives break from their normal tendencies.Many liberals who otherwise defend every government program and unionized job believe that the police are increasingly abusing their power. Many conservatives who otherwise complain about unaccountable government officials consider the police department beyond reproach and say that any form of de-policing will make America less safe.

Crime has decreased significantly in the past two decades, and many attribute that outcome to the proactive “broken windows” policing, first advocated by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in a 1982 article. The theory goes that arresting offenders for minor crimes like loitering or drinking in public leads to a mien of order that in turn discourages major crimes. Citizens will be better off with, and thus prefer, police playing an active role in the community.

 

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Posted August 11, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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