Monday, February 13, 2012

Detroit Police Trying a "Broken Windows" Approach to Policing

Detroit Police on the Job
According to published reports, the Detroit Police Department has retained a consultant to help them implement a community policing program; one that is similar to those implemented years ago in other cities. This consultant will reportedly be paid more than $100,000 per year for his services.

Quite frankly, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this news.

I firmly believe that a properly implemented community policing program, such as what we've seen in other cities, can do wonders for Detroit. This is a strategy with a proven track record in New York City and other major cities across the country. It can work in Detroit. It should have been implemented here years ago.

However, I also believe that if someone is above the rank of police lieutenant and doesn't already know how to implement a community policing strategy without the aid of consultant then, in all candor, that person should not be above the rank of lieutenant. Therefore, the fact that the Detroit Police Department needed to bring in someone to help them implement this is troubling, to say the least.

I simply hope that they are able to implement this promptly. We, as a community, can deal with the inability of the Department's executives to do their jobs - as well as Mayor Dave Bing's unwillingness to hold them accountable - in the election next year.
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