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‘Broken Windows’ Policy Doesn’t Work, NYPD Watchdog Says – Midtown

(DNAINFO) Trevor Kapp | June 27, 2016 — The Department of Investigation released a report slamming the NYPD on Wednesday.

Broken windows policing may be broken, according to a blistering new report by the Office of Inspector General for the NYPD.

A six-year analysis by the NYPD IG, which falls under the Department of Investigation, has found there’s no correlation between the number of quality-of-life summonses issued for offenses like public urination and alcohol consumption and the drop in felony crime.

“Between 2010 and 2015, quality-of-life enforcement rates — and in particular, quality-of-life summons rates — have dramatically declined, but there has been no commensurate increase in felony crime,” the report states.

The NYPD issued almost 2 million quality-of-life summonses over that six-year stretch, the report states.

“Issuing summonses and making misdemeanor arrests are not cost free,” the report states.

“The cost is paid in police time, in an increase in the number of people brought into the criminal justice system and, at times, in a graying of the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.”

But the OIG acknowledged there are several legitimate reasons to issue low-level summonses, namely to address community concerns and police the offenses in question.

Source: ‘Broken Windows’ Policy Doesn’t Work, NYPD Watchdog Says – Midtown – DNAinfo New York