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Police street patrols on foot in high crime areas cut crime, so why the reluctance to provide patrols?

patslatt

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Police street patrols on foot in high crime areas cut crime, so why the reluctance to provide patrols?

See The Times June 16 paywall article http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-street-patrols-best-way-cut-to-crime-and-save-money-djv0x0llp

Quote:

[]"(Patrols) could save the criminal justice system £56 for every £10 they cost."
[]"Putting two police community support officers (PCSOs) on the most dangerous streets appeared to reduce reported crime by 39%..."
[]""When a PCSO walks alone past people under a distance of under five metres, the likelihood of eye contact and perhaps even a "hello" is probably far greater than if the same officer was in a car.""
[]"PCSOs were introduced by Labour in 2002 and command a full time salary of between £16,000 and £25,000."
[]"In a randomised trial...These civilian officers have no powers of arrest and cannot carry tasers or batons but their mere presence was linked to a dramatic reduction in crime in those areas compared with 38 streets where police constables carried on patrolling in their cars as normal."

The general public in the US, the UK, Ireland and elsewhere always wanted to see increased police numbers on foot patrols but governments and police forces tend to resist. While frequent police foot patrols in low crime areas are probably not cost effective, the evidence from PCSO patrols in England's high crime areas suggest they are highly cost effective.

In Ireland, opposition politicians call for increased police numbers but they don't mention recruitment of UK style PCSOs. Maybe they should.
 
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patslatt

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Cops are easily bored, they prefer to react to crime.
Responding to crime is very stressful for front line police. Job stress, not physical assaults, is the main occupational hazard of the job. Many police resort to alcohol to destress. Years ago, I watched a pub full of off duty police drink endless rounds so fast that even legendary hard drinking London Irish navvies in the old days wouldn't keep up with them.
 

Lúidín

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A government of the rich, for the rich has no interest in wasting resources on poorer areas.
 

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