Science Says These Police Tactics Reduce Crime

By Dina Fine Maron

When Bill de Blasio first ran for New York City mayor four years ago, ending “stop-and-frisk” police searches was a cornerstone of his campaign. Critics warned halting the practice would fuel crime. But this week de Blasio coasted into reelection against a backdrop of historically low crime rates.

The city of more than 8.5 million people has seen fewer than 300 murders so far in 2017. That puts its body count lower than much-smaller jurisdictions including Baltimore, a city of fewer than 620,000 people where 303 people have been murdered this year, and Chicago, where the number has risen above 580 in a population of 2.7 million.

So what factors can really help drive down crime? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report released Thursday that certain “proactive” policies aimed at preventing crime before it happens—including stop and frisk—show mixed results. Yet it is not enough to simply identify what policies appear to reduce crime, a panel convened by the National Academies cautions in the report. Authorities must also consider the real-world risks of applying these approaches in ways that are racist, biased or illegal, they wrote.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. The way to reduce crime is by changing society, by reducing wealth and income inequality – and by being loving, thoughtful, sensitive, caring parents and teachers.

    Law and order! (Fascists just love law and order, can’t get enough of it.) Let’s not get into causes and conditions; let’s just incarcerate, bury people under concrete, and punish, punish, punish. That’s real smart.

  2. Dan #2
    Nov 11, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Law and order! (Fascists just love law and order, can’t get enough of it.)

    Not quite!

    Trumpies and other Fascists love THEIR laws and giving orders to others!

    (Executive orders, deregulation, and no staff to supervise or enforce existing regulatory mechanisms)

    They really HATE proper regulatory laws which require them to deal honestly and even-handedly with other people!

  3. That’s true. (Should have put law and order in quotes.) Trump pardoned that crazy racist sheriff, and has no respect for the rule of law, or any financial or environmental regulatory mechanisms.

    But he hates those rapists and criminals, and all those Muslims. And he wants Hillary locked up.

    Ugh. So sick of this.

  4. @ OP – Yet it is not enough to simply identify what policies appear to reduce crime, a panel convened by the National Academies cautions in the report.

    Stop and frisk needs to be applied in an even-handed and targeted way, which is based on intelligence and criminal records. – Not any personal prejudices of officers, or the reverse racist political correctness, which looks at analysis of arrests and stops, by race quotas, rather than by results! (Foreign crime gangs DO operate in cities, and criminal ethnic sub-cultures exist.)

    Things like having police data-bases available live to officers – identifying known criminals, their associates, and the registration plate numbers of vehicles they use, targets police to stop likely suspects in suspicious situations.
    Quickly identifying unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered, or stolen vehicles, can have traffic officers seriously restrict and identify the movement of criminals and the transport of stolen goods!

    Authorities must also consider the real-world risks of applying these approaches in ways that are racist, biased or illegal, they wrote.

    This comes down to the quality of information and the integrity of officers, – but we should also be aware that those habitually behaving badly, will regularly accuse anyone confronting them, with being religiously prejudiced, socially prejudiced, or racist, in attempts to divert the issues away from their own misconduct!
    Police and enforcement agencies regularly encounter lame excuses, psychological projection, and diversionary tactics, from offenders – and sometimes, “political correctness” from ignorant biased media reports or partisan politicians, referring to misleading quotas based on race, gender, religion, etc.!
    (I would not be at all surprised, if (allegedly quota biased) customs officials seeking drugs, more regularly target passengers from Colombia than from those from say – Canada!)

  5. What is immediately apparent to this Brit when watching UK reality based cop shows and American ones is the completely different ethos American policing has. It’s far more of an authoritarian, para-military exercise where every encounter is treated as a potential hazard to the cops involved, everyone arrested is handcuffed with hands behind their back, the default approach to any even mildly alarming situation is point a gun at it and suspects are expected to show complete deference and submissiveness to the police. No one in the UK calls a police officer “sir” but it’s pretty much compulsory in the USA, especially if your skin is the wrong colour.

    Then we see the haircuts American police officers espouse. Buzzcuts, shaved heads, threatening, aggressive.

    It’s a culture of dominance and aggression and very far removed from protect and serve.

  6. I’ve noticed that too, Arkrid.

    Its like the difference in politicians… are you in office or in power? Serving the public or bossing them around. UK TV cops in The Sweeney in the seventies, were notably in power. They frequently shot people and administered justice when “needed”. The programme was seen as more honest than earlier meeker portrayals.

    I recall this got a lot of push-back especially when UK policemen admitted to liking “The Sweeney”. There was quite a lot of high profile work done and statements from police chiefs (Sir Robert Mark etc.) about this undesirable and rather cavalier attitude. Though never altogether successful operations Countryman and Tiberius showed a determination to get on top of this wild west policing and corruption. The racism though seemed endemic with a breakthrough on that front only with the eventual and recently acknowledged disgrace of the Steven Lawrence case. We wanted Dixon of Dock Green back, the bobby politely saluting us even though it had always been a complete fantasy. We feel hugely reassured in having civil servants.

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