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CRM2310 Oct 10

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Kate Fletcher

Community Intervention Oct 10 10/11/2013 Steve Herberts Reading Community policing is basically broken windows policing Informal social control Reinforcing the status quo: Community policing = co-produce strategies Empowering the community Reduction/prevention Working together – police as tool Law abiders/ law breakers blurred Active role for citizens Police empowering the community: Dominant role for police Community subordinate Disorder allowed to flourish Crime is important Maintain boundaries between good and evil Traditional police methods Broken windows = expectation that police will come in and make the community feel safe Empower communities to take control of themselves Why would a community all of the sudden have more social capital? Police are in power (top-down) What is stopping the problem from persisting once the police leave? 3 reasons why community policing and broken window policing get meshed: 1. Contemporary Police Culture hyper masculine police culture – “warrior in the fight against crime” Moral purpose – hero catching “bad gues” These things legitimate coercive force Need to be careful with contemporary police with masculinity and moralism 2. Culture understandings of crime “Faulty system” System too lax Rational choice must be deterred – people will engage in crime because they know they will get away with it the average person views the CJS as flawed “Social breakdown” Broken informal social controls Crime is a result of broken communities Middle class fearful of invaders - will buy into the broken windows way of policing because they want to be protected – it will respond to their fears Politicians capitalize/reinforce these forms of policing to help their benefit (They only look 2-4 years in advance) 3. Politics of crime Emergence of “get tough” approaches + delegitimation of social welfare = “othering” of dangerous classes and the communities that the “others” live in as sites of trouble Poor as disadvantaged groups are seen as dangerous rather than disadvantaged People believe crime is on the rise because the media makes us believe it Broken windows can be very discriminatory of the “others”/the dangerous/the homeless Herbet says: (on midterm/exam. Explain using three reasons) Broken windows policing does “work” What does he mean by “it works?” He’s saying it works for the three reasons (police culture, how we understand crime, and politics of crime) It works for how we still see police to keep the disorderly away from us Policing as segregative mechanism (“us” vs “the
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