I love any memo that instructs police officers to "use discretion and common sense" and the arrest "as a last resort."
This is the type of common sense one would expect from Bratton because jaywalking in NYC is not a "broken window."
It's actually quite poetic. Whoever wrote this should be promoted to editor of Spring-3100!
The second bit of common sense to come out of the NYPD is the decision to give 200 cops in Staten Island naloxone (aka: narcan). This saves the lives of people ODing on heroine. From the Times: "the initiative went straight to the heart of 'what we want to do, save lives.'"
According to the Times, paramedics have saved 42 people on Staten Island this year, and police in one precinct 3 people.
Administering a life-saving drug to people about to die should be a no-brainer, but not much about the war on drugs involves brains. So unless you're a paramedic, saving the life of a addict is considered controversial, even when the alternative is certain death.
When I was a cop, this was an injection (and cops didn't give it). Now it's a nasal spray. From my experience, watching somebody get this drug come back to life is a great spectator sport... but not for the reason you'd think. He or she whose life was saved wakes up really pissed off! It's ha-larious, in a you-had-to-be-there kind of way.