Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bill Bratton On Why Crime Continues To Go Down

Yesterday I posted about the FBI's release of the preliminary 2011 Uniform Crime Report numbers that showed crime was still on the decline for the first half of 2011. CBS had this story with a good quote from former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton on why crime numbers continue to drop in spite of the poor economy.
"In the 1990s, policing got it right," Bratton told "Early Show" anchor Chris Wragge. "We began to focus once again on preventing crime; '60s, '70s, '80s, we focused on responding to crime. It's a lot different to try to prevent it, and we've become very successful at preventing it."

Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox disputes the popular myth that crime should be going up in a bad economy.

"They're using technology; they're using data, crime patterns, maps to figure out where are the hot spots, what's the trend in terms of crime and trying to be proactive," Fox said of law enforcement agencies. "People are either criminals or not, independent of whether they have a job.
Crime analysis really shows it's worth in helping law enforcement agencies to more efficient in their policing mission by letting the data drive their operations.

What are you doing to help your agency be more proactive?

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