Police cracked down on the notorious Jamestown Crips this spring, arresting more than 100 people. And a sweeping investigation into the Boxing Day murder of 15-year-old Jane Creba maintained heavy pressure on the gangs involved in that violence.Does it really surprise anyone that there is much less crime this year? Well, yes it does. The editors of the Toronto Star seem to be completely surprised.
Police Chief Bill Blair has assigned more officers to Toronto's most troubled neighborhoods. They are reaching out to beleaguered residents, establishing contacts and building trust. Perhaps in response to that effort, more people appear to be helping officers in their investigations by sharing what they know. That is critically important to making the city safer for all.
Philadelphia stopped fighting crime, and got more of it.
Chicago lowered murders 25% a few years back with not one extra cop and no new anti-gun laws. They were just smarter about using the manpower they already had.
But the Canadians seem genuinely shocked that better crime-fighting could lead to less crime. Not midnight basketball (or soccer or hockey or curling or whatever they do up north), not some touchy-feely, feel-good social program, not even a rousing chorus of Kumbayah, just good old-fashioned police work, like throwing criminals into jail, lowered crime rates. [Hat tip NRA-ILA]