In “Police Strategy No. 5: Reclaiming the Public Spaces of New York,” Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Commissioner William Bratton advocate tactics for the New York City Police Department to reduce the impact of petty crime on the city’s public spaces. This document recognizes that public spaces are a critical component of everyday life in New York City and that the capacity for people to enjoy such spaces has been directly impacted by those engaged in petty crime. Influenced by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling’s Broken Windows theory of policing, Mayor Giuliani and Commissioner Bratton claim that such infractions represent “disorder” that will inevitably lead to a “‘downward spiral of urban decay’” if left unchecked. To support this claim, the article cites surveys from 1992 and 1993 which found that a majority of New Yorkers who left the city during this period did so at least in part because these “minor crimes” had directly reduced their quality of life. Accordingly, officers are, for the first time, granted the authority and responsibility to address these infractions.
“Police Strategy No. 5: Reclaiming the Public Spaces of New York”
“Police Strategy No. 5: Reclaiming the Public Spaces of New York” expands the New York Police Department’s jurisdiction to combat “quality of life” infractions in the city’s public spaces.