Lecture 15-Police Innovation Wrap up (FULL NOTES)

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Lecture 15: Police Innovation Wrap Up: Collateral consequences? What works? -We’ve already talked about collateral consequences in discussing hot spots policing etc. -Potential to increase fear, undermine police legitimacy, increase racial disparities etc. -We’ll continue this line of thinking with broken windows policing -As we discussed previously, many people—most prominently Bernard Harcourt—have cautioned that broken windows policing may have a host of negative impacts -Behaviors of the lower class labeled as disorder and targeted -Problem of who gets to define disorder and determine what is or isn’t acceptable -Increased racial disparities as a result etc. -The notion of unintended consequences is particularly important to broken windows policing as the tactic depends on restoring the community’s ability to control itself Recall the broken windows hypothesis: -Unlike other tactics like hot spots where police are expected to fight crime on their own, the broken windows hypothesis places the police role as helping citizens take back the streets -The ultimate goal in fighting crime and disorder for BW policing is to make residents feel safer and empower them to exert informal social control in the community and deal with small problems on their own -Can be as simple as talking to a teenager’s parents when a resident catches them being disorderly etc. -But what if broken windows policing has negative impacts on the community? 1 Citizens become fearful and withdraw from the community Informal social control decreases and/ or is perceived to be low by criminals Disorder and crime increase as criminals increase their activity in the area Disorder goes untreated and is noticed by residents
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-Many have talked about this, but few have examined actual collateral consequences to BW policing beyond findings of increased complaints against the police (Greene, 1999) The Irony of Broken Windows Policing -A study I did with David Weisburd sought to examine potential negative impacts of broken windows policing (Hinkle and Weisburd, 2008)
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