30 Issues: Policing at the Community Level

Monday, September 30, 2013

(Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Bill de Blasio says he will "end the 'Stop and Frisk' era," while Joe Lhota vows to continue many of the policing tactics developed under Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. Eric Adams, NY State Senator, former NYPD captain and candidate for Brooklyn Borough President, and Pastor Gilford Monrose of Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day), discuss the challenges of community policing, and what the next mayor can do to curb gun violence while also improving relations with the NYPD.


Eric Adams and Gilford Monrose

Comments [10]

The Truth from Becky

Real time parenting, how about curfews? Police the parents and penalize them heavily when their children commit felonies. Mandatory parenting classes, re write the health class curriculum in public/private schools. This is not a racial issue this is a parenting or lack of parental responsibility issue for ALL races.

Sep. 30 2013 11:08 AM
Joyce from NYC

How long to we have to hear this rubbish: "Community policing, on the ground, in the neighborhood, yada yada, yada.


What Bloomberg did worked.

Where is are the studies that show that yada yada yada works?????

Sep. 30 2013 10:49 AM
john from office

So the answer is a "government program", code for send us a bunch of money so my "organization" is funded and I line my pockets. Typical black politians, look for money and not answers. How about raising your kids and not letting them run wild.

Mr. Adams needs diction lessions, shocking level of education. He was a Captain?? Wow. Can anyone say "Quota Boss"

Sep. 30 2013 10:49 AM

Isn’t it obvious that, for community policing to have any real meaning, the most useful law-enforcement step toward improving public safety and quality of life would be to end the practice of allowing NYPD officers to live in suburban counties extending 100 miles away and to reinstate the traditional NYC requirements that NYPD officers live inside city limits and travel to work on public transportation in uniform?

Sep. 30 2013 10:48 AM
BK from Hoboken

Community policing? Isn't the home part of the community? We recently had a very rare murder here in Hoboken. A few 13 and 14 year olds came down from Jersey City and attacked and killed a local homeless man. It was part of a "game" called knockout. What the heck does the "home" or "parent" look lime were a 13 year old thinks this is acceptable in our society?! Stop blaming "society" for everything and take a look into people's homes.

Sep. 30 2013 10:47 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

It mostly comes down to bad, inadequate, or non-existent parenting, compounded by lack of community/city outreach in keeping kids positively occupied after school.

More education.

More outreach to vulnerable kids, who have little options to spend their spare time in their formative years.

Sep. 30 2013 10:46 AM
RJ from prospect hts

What about getting a real assessment of the actual crime rate? That would seem essential before trying to reduce crime. The Village Voice and, most recently, This American Life, have highlighted the distortions in the crime rates (inaccurate reductions in level of crimes, quotas, victims dissuaded from reporting or treated as criminals, etc.), not only in NY but across the country--arising out of the much (falsely) praised COMPSTAT program. Its intense reliance and pressure on data--as with similar conditions for testing scores in schools--has fostered a desperate amount of falsification in the face of retaliation: the story of Officer Schoolcraft is a horrifying example; he was falsely hospitalized in a psych ward for revealing the downgrading of the category of crimes, in order to give "good" numbers. The attempt to dismiss these falsifications as "bad apples" is patently and has been provably false (see the Graham Rayman/Village Voice series).

First, let's get a genuine assessment of what crime is occurring in NYC.

Sep. 30 2013 10:42 AM
The Truth from Becky

"Real Time" crime reporting? That will be one backed up system.

Sep. 30 2013 10:38 AM
Oscar from NY

When I was a kid in school I learnt about sex ed and HIV , the city should also have classes or a period and learn about what happens to criminals in jail.. Somehow they will have a little information about the real deal..

Sep. 30 2013 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

De Blasio, struck the right balance at first, on modifying stop and frisk, as opposed to eliminating it. Now, I'm not sure what he stands for.

Sep. 30 2013 10:33 AM

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