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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Denver Expands Successful Broken Window Plan

From Rocky mountain News.com: Denver police plan to expand the successful "Broken Windows" strategy into the city's northeast police districts. The expansion, which will take in police districts 2 and 5, is scheduled for a formal announcement today. Further details of the plan were not available Tuesday.

Broken Windows is an umbrella term used by famed criminologist George Kelling, which originally stood for increased attention to even minor offenses - like broken windows - but now includes a kind of integrated approach to law enforcement. Kelling advocates extensive use of timely crime statistics, weekly discussion among top commanders about what is happening in their districts and what they're doing about it, and creative use of resources.

Police Cmdr. Rudy Sandoval tried out the tactic in Westwood,  reassigning special crime attack teams to traffic duty, graffiti patrols and zeroing in on other violations in a single neighborhood to see if it would reduce crime.

Statistics suggest that it did. Sandoval said crime in Westwood dropped 25.9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with last year, if drug offenses are not counted. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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