Broken Window Theory Of Policing Definition
But there are few easy solutions, and no quick way to repair years of distrust between police and the communities they serve.Although it was first practiced in New York City, the idea of Broken Windows originated across the river in Newark, during a study by criminologist George Kelling.New Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has made combating graffiti one of his top priorities, as part of the Broken Windows theory of policing.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images) For years, police in Newark, N. regularly handed out citations to residents for minor offenses.
Any officer who really wants to do order maintenance has to be able to answer satisfactorily the question, ‘Why do you decide to arrest one person who’s urinating in public and not arrest [another]? And if you can’t answer that question, if you just say ‘Well, it’s common sense,’ you get very, very worried.” “So yeah,” he said.
The policies developed based on Broken Windows typically involve officers becoming more prevalent in troubled communities with the intentions of restoring order and reducing fear of major crime among residents.
The Community Policing theory became popular around the same time that Broken Windows was introduced to the law enforcement community.
Kelling has since said that the theory has often been misapplied.
He said that he envisioned Broken Windows as a tactic in a broader effort in community policing.