THE PATH FORWARD: IMPROVING THE DYNAMICS OF COMMUNITY–POLICE RELATIONSHIPS TO ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES

Tracey L. Meares, Yale Law School

Abstract

In a world in which police understand themselves to be a bulwark against crime, having a good handle on crime data is critical. According to the best data available, crime has been steadily trending downward for the last few decades. There has been a national decline in crime, and the decline in New York City across all crime categories has been the most dramatic. Recently, however, some have sounded an alarm regarding rising crime rates, primarily in big cities.