Government resources increasingly have been thrown into the fight against terrorism, and that endangers community policing, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton declared at a public forum in Providence, R.I. Community policing caused a downward trend in crime nationally in the 1990s, but crime is beginning to rebound because less money and attention is being devoted to community policing in this decade, he said. Many of those resources have been siphoned to prevent terrorism, and there has been a general disinvestment in policing, he said, according to the Providence Journal.
In the previous decade, 100,000 additional police were hired and $3 billion was spent on research, including the application of DNA evidence, and on the equipping of police forces. Bratton called for a balancing of the expenditures so that both policing and terrorism are addressed. A crowd of about 130 people, mostly from law enforcement but also from social-service agencies and the general public, attended a forum on community policing.