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Quality of Life Policing Under Attack

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NewDream
NewDream  
9/20/2014 7:01:54 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
I must have missed that part, Toby!

Toby
Toby  
9/20/2014 6:35:05 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
Wow, now theres a trip down memory lane and what a weird video...hard to know what the message really was there...including the very odd interlude where someones girlfriend seems to be tied to pole and half buried in sand...?

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
9/19/2014 5:24:31 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
Interesting hypothesis... but I had heard the decrease was due to the growth of pay-per-view cable TV events.

But the sociologists may have it wrong. ;-P

NewDream
NewDream  
9/19/2014 5:18:10 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
Swings and roundabouts indeed. Here's an old song that fits, I think.



Toby
Toby  
9/19/2014 4:44:16 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
@Newdream: we have seen both sides of the coin in this recently here in London. A demonstration in 2011 was marked by over zealous policing that led to rioting. Following that in 2012 there was rioting which flared out of control because of lack of policing....it's all swings and roundabouts as they say here.

Toby
Toby  
9/19/2014 4:42:05 PM
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Re: street life
I lived in NY before, during and after Giuliani. I did not like him or his war on the Homless, however I liked even less the constant menace one felt out on the streets between the crack addicts, homeless and those wth mental problems. I think in the end he did a good thing.

Toby
Toby  
9/19/2014 4:39:50 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
@Terry: You ask what has been driving down the overall violent crime numbers. There is an interesting hypothesis on this in the book Freakonomics which points to several things. One of the most striking is the removal of lead from gasolene which began about 40 years ago. Lead has been shown to have terribly harmful effects on child and adult brains leading to depression and violence. Could this really be the reason?

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/19/2014 3:35:16 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: street life
I read an Article and watched a debate back when Giuliani was still the Mayor of New York. They really stated that was the cause of reduction in crime overall. I will share the information if I can find it.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
8/18/2014 8:14:45 AM
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Re: street life
I'm wondering if the quality of life program is really the explanation for the reduction in violent crime. There may be other things that might explain it better. And pending some real qualitative evidence I would not think it's worth the harassing of citizens for petty crimes to feed our senses of "doing somethiing about crime." Of course we don't want that stuff happening in our neighborhood, but is there a better way?

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/17/2014 9:16:42 PM
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Re: Quality of Life Policing not far from Totalitarian Society
You are welcome I always like reading your comments. When I talk to government officials they like to hear what I have learned and the different viewpoints. Something's they have actually acted on. I have some friends who recently became Police and the look on their faces and demeanor have changed...I pray for their strength and ability to stay honest and true!

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