The Critics of Proactive Policing Are Wrong

Public order creates a virtuous circle that enables neighborhoods to flourish.

In the last week of 2017, it was announced that homicides in New York City were at a 60-year-low and that gun murders of officers nationally had dropped 33 percent, after rising 53 percent in 2016. Inveterate cop critics seized on the information to argue that there was no such thing as a war on cops, and that proactive policing was irrelevant to crime control, since pedestrian stops had dropped in New York City along with homicides. I responded in National Review Online that gentrification was likely now contributing to New York’s crime decline. Nationally, however, the rising civilian violence in 2015 and 2016 resulted from the prolonged rhetorical onslaught against the police since the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But now it is considered bigoted even to mention racial crime and victimization rates, or to suggest that demographic and economic change can affect a neighborhood’s crime picture.

Let’s look at the facts.

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  • canminuteman

    If you need zoo keepers to maintain peace in your society, your society might be full of animals.

  • I locked up my chickens to stop the foxes eating them. It was so successful that the rate of chickens being eaten by foxes dropped to zero. My local Lefty Animal Rights halfwit turned up and asked why I cruelly locked up my chickens instead of allowing them to roam naturally, when the rate of fox-eaten chickens was zero. I decided he must have an IQ similar to that of the chickens.

  • simus1

    I never find murder crime statistics compelling. The statistic I would prefer is the total number of humans, living or dead, who arrive at hospitals or morgues as required, and the total number of bullet holes or serious knife wounds each one exhibits.

    • canminuteman

      We have highly skilled EMTS, who become highly skilled through lots of practice.