Friday, August 21, 2015

Is Harm-Focused Policing the Future?
"Police chiefs across the country are considering how new approaches to law enforcement could better serve the needs of their communities, according to a paper published in the Police Foundation’s journal, Ideas in American Policing.

Instead of continuing their traditional focus on combating violent crime, police departments are looking at methods to address other related community concerns such as behavioral health, drugs, environmental issues and gang recruitment, writes Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor of criminal justice at Temple University. He describes this approach as 'harm-focused policing.'"

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Police are not social workers or health care professionals. Unfortunately, they are called in to solve problems that should be addressed by other agencies. If we want crime rates to go down we need to address the root causes. Police cannot do this alone. High crime neighbourhoods need better housing, more mental health and family support. You cannot turn to the police for these. Fighting crime is a multidisciplinary task.