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  •  I don't know. I think much of the issue is the (14+ / 0-)

    understaffing of forces so that they do not have time to get around and get to know people in the communities where they are assigned.  Instead, they run from one crisis to another.  

    If more interactions were calm, casual, everyday interactions, a different mentality might develop.

    One way that might be achieved would be to allow greater use of police reserves -- community members trained as police officers -- to supplement the force, allowing sufficient officers so that everyone isn't tied up day and night and have opportunities -- and a leadership emphasis -- on community policing.  Face to face interactions in more pleasant settings.

    Part of the issue is the constant "tax cutting" of Republicans (well too many Democrats too), cutting forces back, while cities grow and problems fester.  You need a certain number of police to do the job and not go crazy from the constant crisis mode of it.

    It might help the whole situation, your suggestion included, if there were sufficient jobs for all.  Providing for good economic futures goes a long way toward reducing crime.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:22:26 PM PDT

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    •  Neigbourhood patrols (7+ / 0-)

      and community police officers work well in tandem. They had one with a formal set of rules, monthly meetings with the police, and training. We had the lowest crime rate in the city despite our proximity to some high crime areas.

      Each person stands on a shadow. Bill Reynolds

      by northsylvania on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:24:35 AM PDT

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    •  The best way would be to end the war on drugs (2+ / 0-)
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      That one policy makes everyone into suspects, and makes citizens avoid interacting with the police even if they are in trouble, for fear of being arrested for having any trace of any kind of drug on them or in their premises.

      I have known many people who asked for help because someone was getting violent, and they themselves ended up getting arrested and thrown in jail because they had some cannabis or other drug in the area.

      Have that happen to enough people, and just about everyone stops going to the police for help with anything. It's one of the reasons many women don't report rapes, for instance, or domestic abuse.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 11:03:37 AM PDT

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      •  That's done more than anything in the last few (1+ / 0-)
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        decades to increase the militarization and violence of police responses.

        Where once it was a clear rule that you had to knock and announce "POLICE!" before kicking down a door, the War on Drugs legitimized no-knock warrants because someone might flush a couple joints down the toilet, ruining the officers' day.

        Absurd.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 01:13:18 PM PDT

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