2 Replies to “Police program in Dallas to expand after new report shows decline in violent crimes”

  1. After reading the personal accounts of residents who live in the complex referenced in the article, I believe this is a standard case of broken-windows policing. Residents noted physical deterioration of the building, an absence of organized activities or guardians for youth in the neighborhood, and signs of financial instability. The accumulation of these and other social, political, and economic forces work to reduce a community’s capacity for informal and formal social control and thus increases crime rates. But should the police be expected to solve these problems? Could their presence be worsening some of these issues? If not the police, who should be responsible to resolve such issues?

  2. Hi Bree! I completely agree with you that this is most likely a case of broken-window policing. I wanted to answer your questions about what could be done by police instead of potentially creating a rift between police and the community and causing disparities in arrest rates. Instead of resorting to broken-window policing in communities facing challenges, law enforcement can adopt alternative approaches aimed at addressing root issues. Community policing, social services integration, diversion programs, and restorative justice can all contribute to fostering healthier, safer neighborhoods. Moreover, initiatives promoting education, employment, housing support, and youth engagement can uplift vulnerable communities. Transparency and accountability within police departments play a vital role in ensuring equitable treatment. By prioritizing these alternatives, law enforcement can work collaboratively to improve community well-being and reduce the reliance on punitive and divisive policing methods. I think with the police working side-by-side with the community and helping to make it a better place peacefully, it could ease tension between them and help lead to a safer and overall better-off neighborhood.

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