Crime reduction: All credit to the police?
"The more things change, the more they remain the same." That old adage sums up this observerís instant reaction to a recent op-ed in a New York City tabloid, "What Really Won the Drug War," written by a former top narcotics official in the NYPD.
The author, retired Chief of Narcotics Patrick J. Harnett, seems to takes the position that when crime is reduced, no matter how little or for however a short period of time, police administrators should be credited with the reduction. All reductions of crime must somehow be the result of the newest tactical approach. In my 24 years in the New York City Police Department, I learned that when crime is on the rise, blame should be laid on social forces beyond the control of the police. When crime is declining, however, please give credit to some new tactic of the NYPD...