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|Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:01 pm Post subject: NYC: Fewer Cops Equals Less Crime.
|-From the Pepper Spray Times.
By Colleen D. Peegs.
The New York Police Department acknowledged recently that having fewer police on the force and seriously cutting the police budget has apparently resulted in a 40 % drop in crime from the same time last year.
"It wasn't what we expected," puzzled one officer. "Especially during a serious recession. But we have a record low number of murders in New York this year, despite having fewer personel and resources."
New York usually averages approximatly six homicides per 100,000, but this year the pattern is pointing to a record-breaking low, making observers wonder if further cuts in police budget, and personnel would enhance the effect.
Police Officers Associations nation wide shuddered at the thought of a simular reduction in crime hitting other cities, pointing out that not only would police officers' jobs be lost, but the arguments for new, exotic defensive weapons such as pepper spray and tasers would be blunted.
"The fact is, we need crime," stated one police spokesperson. "More than crime needs us."