Q: Do people confuse and conflate broken windows with “zero-tolerance policing” or “stop, question and frisk” practices?
A: Yes. The other day I read that a Delaware police chief said his department was going to do broken windows with steroids. I find that pretty scary because that smacks of zealotry.
Broken windows is a tactic, an essential part of community policing that works with the community to identify problems and set priorities. It doesn't matter what problems police are up against, they need partners to resolve them, whether it's squeegee men or homeless in the subway. Broken windows is a tactic within community policing strategy.
January 8, 2015
George Kelling on Broken Windows
In the LA Times:
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