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Friday, June 19, 2015

Playing Both Sides Of The Police Line

There’s been an ongoing debate about the importance, or lack thereof, of proactive policing in America. How much is too much … or too little? When do you engage … or disengage? Should they be preventing crimes … or simply responding to them?

In light of the “Ferguson effect” and amid calls for “police reform,” some cops have become a little less proactive for fear of backlash. As a result, violent crime is on the rise in many cities. Yet the ones calling for reform refuse to acknowledge this connection. Worse, they’re calling out the cops and accusing them of shirking their duties.

Which is it? Anti-police activists can’t demand that cops back off and then attack them when they do. If less proactive policing is preferred, accept that more crime is the result. Better yet, instead of asking our cops to back off, how about backing off our cops?