Monday, May 20, 2013
Support your local sherriff
Michael Moore postulated in "Bowling for Columbine" that violence in the street causes fear, and fear causes knee jerk thinking. It leads to the creation of police based organizations which, though good short term, are problematic in the long term. Some would suggest that police based organizations are a Conservative, or Republican solution, and the fight starts. I humbly suggest that we draw back a bit, and drop those words as emotional devices which have no place in a rational discussion.
I will reserve the discussion about fear, personal armament, anticipatory retaliation and such for another time, and point out that a police force which walks about the street instilling fear into the inhabitants is, in my opinion, a VERY bad thing. This troubles me more than a group of gang bangers out hanging about looking for trouble!
Is there an answer? Sure there is. Local policing, made up of people of the social-economic-ethnic group should be very active in the community. When was the last time you heard of a group of cops getting involved in a game of shinny? Or a pick-up basketball game? (I know, pretty hard to do when loaded down with all that gear!) What I call "support your local sherriff". There should be community leaders keeping a very high profile...community leaders "taking the air" with a couple of police and a few "hard cases" seeing and being seen about the neighbourhood.
Now I know this doesn't work in a lot of places....graft and corruption are just so part of the culture that some nationalities don't trust their police at all! My reply to that of course is "how did Miami clean up their famously corrupt police force? How did Chicago shake off the mob? Questions difficult to answer in a simple little blog like this one!
Sidney Australia had a "hood" which was very, um...problematic. A town on the suburbs called "blacktown". It was the lightning rod area, about a kilometer square which caused all the crime, gangs, and drug use in the city.
This is what they did about it. I'll shut up now, and humbly suggest you go to that link, watch the video, and you will see what I mean!