Reinventing America’s Police Forces

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Faced with one of the nation’s highest crime rates, Camden County  (NJ) Police Chief Scott Thomson gave his officers a simple message a few years ago .

“I’m not looking at your outputs [arrrests], I’m looking at your outcomes,” Thomson told them. “When we drive through the neighborhood we want to see little kids riding on their bicycles and people sitting on their front steps. So go make that happen.”

It sounded obvious—but in many ways it . . .

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