With policing in the limelight, lots of voices on its reform are being raised. Emotions aside, how many people understand what policing is about? If any area of policing is to be de-funded, what is the impact to the community? What about crime rate?
Here is an article I came across that sheds lights on the topic. The article is a long read and from The Atlantic Magazine back in March 1982. Its content, in spite of being almost two decades old, is amazingly relevant to the discussions today.
The article reviews the history and role of policing, foot versus squad car patrol, and community’s expectation and responsibility regarding policing. The article certainly will not answer our problems (that is the job for us), but it shares insights that can contribute to the current debates.
Do you think police is a crime fighter, peace keeper, or neighborhood watch?