Newly-elected mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani describes his strategy to “civilianize” the police department, getting more officers out of the office and deployed on foot to specific “territories.”

In an interview with C-SPAN, newly-elected mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani describes his strategy to get more police officers onto the streets of New York City. Giuliani’s strategy, referred to as “civilianizing” the police department, is to fill the administrative and non-police functions of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with civilians, so that trained police officers can be taken out of offices and deployed on the streets. Giuliani employs tropes from the emergent community policing movement to posit that officers will be “walking a beat,” deployed on foot and assigned to specific “territories” where they will form strategic relationships with neighbors. Giuliani describes his vision — borrowing language from the corporatized private sector — as an internal restructuring of the NYPD, as opposed to one where the agency would expand via new hires. The legacies of Giuliani’s strategies would include a police force that tightly managed the behavior of New York’s streets with streamlined, managerial efficiency.

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