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Thursday, June 8, 2006

"Broken Windows" Strategy Helps Lower Crime in Denver

In the Westwood neighborhood, where the Denver is testing a "broken windows" strategy that cracks down on crimes of disorder, criminal offenses have declined by 25 percent in the first five months of this year. Two police units called Special Crime Attack Teams (SCAT), each with five officers,have been blanketing the Westwood area in addition to regular patrols.

Over all, Criminal offenses in Denver dropped by 7.4 percent for the first five months of this year compared with the first five months of last year according to data released on Wednesday. Police have also logged more arrests in the first five months of this year than they did at that point last year. If the trend holds up, it will be the first time in seven years that arrests haven't declined in Denver.

"The people who should get the real credit are the cops on the street," Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said. "They have learned some new systems and done a great job."

More. . .  [Mark Godsey]

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