Cities measure crime but communities suffer harm. Crime and harm are not the same, but because crime is easier to measure it has become the defining metric of police effectiveness. Unfortunately this measure is often limited to comparing violent crime counts from one year to another, and occasionally separately measuring traffic accidents.
The policing field lacks a more comprehensive measure that encompasses the multidimensional role of the police in the community while giving suitable weight to the serious crimes that are of greatest public concern. Furthermore, existing costs of crime indices ignore potentially inadvertent harms perceived to affect communities, such as the consequences of some police activities.
Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, a nationally recognized researcher on intelligence-led policing, will present an Ideas in American Policing
lecture that examines the challenging but potentially valuable concept of harm in its myriad forms. Ratcliffe will explore the possibility of using external measures to not only provide a more holistic indication of crime and disorder problems, but also expand the opportunities for police to improve community life. Register to attend