2 thoughts to “Measuring Success, Where it Matters Most”

  1. I am not sure if this was intended as such, but no, I do NOT think there is consensus among policing experts that an overemphasis on crime reduction has led to the “subversion” of other important goals. While I agree that quantifiable measures of other policing impacts are lacking, this is due to a wide variety of reasons both practical and research-related. The false dichotomy between research on crime prevention and research on police legitimacy (or pitting such “camps” against each other) is not productive to evidence-based policing in my view.

  2. I think we fall short when we have a dichotomy of policing outcomes in our minds (crime reduction & community relations), regardless of whether their relationship is complementary or conflicted. I’m a fan of the Moore/Braga “bottom lines” of policing. They differentiate seven outcomes of policing, adding, for example, holding offenders to account (solving crimes), which is important for justice whether it reduces crime or not. Also, for example, protecting safety in public places (traffic safety, managing civil disorder, etc.). And using force and authority fairly and effectively (minimal use of force, avoidance of disproportionate stops and searches, etc.). Plus providing quality services (prompt response, serving victims, protecting vulnerable people). I think a police agency that keeps all seven of these outcomes front & center is reminded that police do a lot of things that matter, and is less likely to go off course by emphasizing just one to the detriment of the entire mission.

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