After Negotiations with Residents, the NYPD Slashed Trespass Stops in Public Housing

At least three parts of this interesting article stand out:

1. This finding:

“There’s no evidence that reducing the stops limited the police department’s ability to enforce the law: Even as trespass stops fell sharply, the overall number of arrests on public housing remained nearly flat”

2. This capsule history of the uninformed shift in the NYPD’s policing strategy:

“The past three decades have seen major changes in the city’s approach to collaborations between community residents and the police. In the 1980s, the NYPD implemented an extensive community policing program, assigning thousands of neighborhood patrol officers to the task of developing relationships with residents and working with them to solve quality-of-life problems.

As the department increased its reliance on targeted, “zero tolerance” policing through the 1990s and 2000s, it largely divested from the effort to build partnerships with communities. The NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau—the division responsible for fostering goodwill and developing local relationships—is allocated $12.8 million per year. That’s less than 0.3 percent of the total $4.5 billion police department budget.”

3. This quote by a young man from the Bronx about abusive police tactics:

“You just make everybody turn against you. It’s supposed to be the cops and the regular people against the criminals. Instead you got everybody against the cops.”

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