By Sue Rahr
Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
As a profession, law enforcement has become very good at fighting crime. The FBI stats have proven it over the past several years.
Yet, as a profession, we are struggling. And much of it, though unintentional, is self-inflicted.
While we have done a great job attacking the disease in the community that is violent crime, the way some have carried out the effort has damaged the immune system built on public trust. The results have been eye-opening and are tremendously important: it turns out most people care more about how they are treated than the crime rate – a phenomenon demonstrated over decades of social science research.
We shouldn’t be surprised by that. Who enjoys being conquered? Demeaned? Intimidated?
The results explain the negative cloud that has engulfed policing in this country and the growing divide between cops and citizens. Some communities fear police rather than seeing them as a source of protection and help.
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