Letters, Feb. 5, 1996


I APPLAUD YOUR ARTICLE ATTRIBUTING some of the drop in reported crime to more effective policing [CRIME, Jan. 15], but we must not gloss over the potentially dangerous differences in the approaches used in various cities. Creative problem solving is only half of what is required to ensure public safety. Police departments must also engage the community as full-fledged partners in identifying, prioritizing and solving problems--or run the serious risk of increasing the threat of civil unrest. Involving the community each step of the way in neighborhood-based problem-solving efforts is indeed a slower process, but then so is...

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