The NYPD work slow-down
Broken Windows policing having stones tossed at it
The pundits retardation
I saw an aggregate type of article that looks into how the NYPD “slow-down” is actually a great thing.The slow down for those unaware is the very real drop in police action seen post the killings of officers Liu and Ramos. It is also undeniably tied into other issues the NYPD has with Mayor de Blasio who for his part has mishandled City Halls relationship with the Finest. For a flavor of how noticeable the slow down is try these numbers out:
- Overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013.
- Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame.
- Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.
- Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.
- Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.
It can be said that evidence does exist to reveal an organized effort by the police union to take this action. Playing the “your safety first” card the union is clearly using the rank and files emotions to hit back at DeBlasio. There is something to be said that many of the low-end enforcement actions are enjoyed by City Hall secondary to revenue no matter how progressive City Hall or the City Council want to come off as. I think the slow down is sadly meant to showcase revenue slump since crime stats are not likely to spike immediately whilst you let the windows start to get busted.
Cast the first stone…
The spin people want to put on this is that what the NYPD has really done is stopped all the “Broken Windows” policing and are now only doing the policing they really need to do. They are doing this with the knowledge that as I said the negatives of Broken Window policing being scaled back won’t reveal themselves immediately.They salivate over the opportunity to paint police “overzealousness” as an issue that can be lived without. These people willfully choose to ignore the piles of documentation that shows Broken Windows policing to be a proven winner. Who wins with this policing style? Without a doubt the same people the pundits moan are the victims of it. The quality of life improvement in areas that get the police attention greatly benefit the good people of those areas first and foremost. It is sad the policy opponents fail to be honest when they constantly refuse to walk a mile in either sides shoes.
The attack on Broken Windows I fear will gain far more traction than it deserves and along with the emotion backed hissy fit of the union will greatly tarnish the NYPD.
The pundits who are feeling their Cheerios nowadays are absolutely insane,dishonest and quite simply retarded.
Well, we can only hope the NYPD unions and de Blasio settle their differences soon so that the police can go back to arresting people for reasons other than “when they have to.” Scott Shackford Reason
“It’s wrong to put law enforcement in the position of having to make up for budget shortfalls with parking tickets, and it’s even more wrong to ask its officers to soak already cash-strapped residents of hot spot neighborhoods with mountains of summonses as part of a some stats-based crime-reduction strategy,” Matt Taibi Rolling Stone
It’s tough to run a protection racket when people don’t feel threatened, and New York ended 2014 with new lows in murders, rapes, burglaries, grand larcenies and robberies. For over 20 years, crime has dropped as the NYPD has doubled and redoubled its enforcement efforts. At some point, the chemo is deadlier than the cancer. Harry Seigel NY News
What if these latest developments show that the New York police can “safely cut arrests by two-thirds” Matt Ford Atlantic
Each and every one of these quotes show how f#$@ed up the mindset of the authors.
Will reports a year from show a decrease in crime? Well sadly due to how those stats are compiled the answer is yes. What no alleged journalist will likely dare to do is evaluate the quality of life in the Big Apple over the same period as relates to the “petty” crimes.
Is it wrong to use policing to generate revenue. In principle absolutely,and the same principle applies to vice taxes but the machine that is society needs fuel and that fuel is usually $$$$$. The flip side is that fines are a far better form of punishment than jail. This reality is embraced by these people when it comes to marijuana decriminalization. Where grass is still “sadly” illegal toters pay a fine instead of getting booked up for a joint. Funny how these folks fail to see it worthy of hallway urine artists as well.
The slow down is a temporary thing so all the brouhaha is probably a waste of time and energy.The base is real enough though. Broken Windows is an effective and important tool for society,one that will be needed more so in the future as urbanization progresses. Its opponents see an evil with a myopia to reality that is startling as well as disingenuous.