A National Academy of Sciences panel praises such tactics as “hot spots policing,” problem-oriented policing and “focused deterrence.” There were mixed results for “stop-question-frisk” tactics and broken-windows policing, and “the lack of data on the role of racial bias in proactive policing was startling.”
The drive to diversify police forces and the renewed interest in community policing are transforming law enforcement across the country. But a provocative new book by a Brooklyn College sociology professor argues that these efforts don’t address the underlying problems. He explains why in a conversation with TCR.
Does aggressive policing of high-crime, mostly minority, neighborhoods reinforce patterns of racial segregation? In papers published in July by New York University, four of America’s leading criminologists debate whether it does—and what should be done about it.
In the final installment of our series following the NYPD’s newest class of cadets, The Crime Report looks at the challenges of American policing, the debate over whether less-aggressive strategies will make our cities safer, and whether new cops can learn to smile.
In his forthcoming book, former Dallas Chief David Brown ponders the lessons learned over a 33-year career in law enforcement, capped by the July 2016 shooting tragedy that left five Dallas officers dead. In a chat with TCR, he discusses the need to change the “culture of policing” in order to bridge the divide between communities and law enforcement around the country.
If you live in a high-crime neighborhood, chances are you think cops are biased. But a new Urban Institute survey suggests that you are also more than willing to work with them to keep your community safe.
The argument about who is “pro-police” and who isn’t is a feature of this year’s presidential election. That avoids the genuinely serious issues facing the nation—and the need to make choices about the kind of policing we want.
One year after the release of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, it is difficult to overstate the importance of transparency for institutions that have been largely opaque, such as major city law enforcement agencies across the country.