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U.S. Policing in 2018 starts in a better place than 2017 began

222policing2018The dawn of a new year brings with it the inevitable calculations on which cities had rising or falling homicide and violent crimes rates and claims by public officials about why. The transition also offers a chance to look ahead while adjusting practices, and possibly rhetoric, in order to set a course that produces better results.

In many American cities, the new year also provides another opportunity for the mayor, elected representatives or the police chief to beat their chest and proclaim a victory, even if a pyrrhic one; for others, a chance to explain what’s gone wrong and why.

Among notable crime declines in 2017 was in New York City, where the usually self-congratulatory liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, surprisingly credited the still-falling murder rate to increased community policing. Read article here