This is going to be an interesting time. We are already staring at budget cuts in the City where I work. Might be a good time to start looking at what works and cut what doesn't. Cost effectiveness is probably going to be an important factor in policing decisions for some time to come.
In some cities, the budget cuts are coming at a particularly unfortunate time, as the recession appears to have contributed to a spike in crime and federal stimulus money is putting more police officers on the street. In Dallas, Criminal District Attorney Craig Watkins has been fighting a proposed 10 percent cut in his budget, even as he says crime has increased in some areas and more police officers are expected to make more arrests.“My question to the commissioners is when they hire all those new officers and make all those new cases, what difference does it make if we can’t prosecute them?” Mr. Watkins said. Source: New York Times
Monday, May 11, 2009
Whose Going To Try 'Em
The New York Times has an interesting article on how budget cuts are going to affect prosecutions. There was a good quote from Dallas County's DA Greg Watkins: