Old Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis maintains that the Democrats endlessly embracing the fundraising police "makes no sense," arguing that other Democratic-led cities must follow Boston's lead in stepping up the relationship between policemen and the communities they serve in order to reduce crime rates.
The longest-serving governor in Massachusetts history, Dukakis, said Massachusetts, a state with one of the highest murder rates per capita bottom of the country, shows how Democrats became it was good in the past when it came to "community policing",which involves patrolling officers in different neighborhoods in order to build relationships and establish a basis of respect with community members.
This concept, however, has been threatened by progressives in the Democratic Party who have aligned themselves over the past year with the "defund the police " movement. As departments were downsized and crime rates skyrocketed in cities like New York and Chicago, neighborhood policing took a hit.
"Funding the police does not make sense. Building an excellent police force that it has committed to community policing does make sense " Dukakis told Fox News . "The more the merrier.
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" Look, there were people who started talking about funding the police. I called it crazy, "he continued. " I thought it was a mistake. It doesn't make sense to me. Of course, we need a great font. But it 's that kind of font. How do you build that relationship with the communities? "
Dukakis pointed out how community policing would " revolutionize policing in the United States "during the 1990s, first when Boston Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was successful in reducing crime, so much so that he was poached by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to fight record levels of homicide. Bratton reduced by half the number of homicides in New York in just two years, Dukakis said, before Giuliani sacked him.
Bratton later became chief of the Los Angeles police, where he is again applied concepts of community policing when speaking to US civil rights activist Connie Rice.A critic of the LAPD, she has become one of Bratton's biggest supporters, Dukakis said.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis speaks at the State House in Boston on July 20, 2016. (Keith Bedford / The Boston Globe via Images)
Speaking to the Washington Post last month, Bratton spoke about how criminal justice reform has sadly contributed to the increase in crime in many cities, as some offenders who need to stay in jail have been sent back to the streets to commit further violence. Asked about this issue by Fox News, Dukakis said, "There is nothing wrong with examining the criminal justice system to determine whether or not there are ways to improve it.
"But the idea that you may somehow get away from community policing, if that's what some of the defunding supporters are talking about, n 'doesn't make sense to me. Of course we need a police force,' he said.
Despite some progressives pushing to finance, reinvent or abolish the police within the year since Thedeath of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Dukakis was firm in saying that this is not what the true progressive position represents.
"I am a very proud progressive, and I believe firmly to the community police, "added Dukakis. "Most people I know who call themselves true progressives understand the importance of community policing.
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Dukakis credited Bill Clinton as the first president to take community policing seriously at the federal level, but the Massachusetts Democrat has always emphasized that mayors and local officials must take the responsibility for ensuring first. a good font.
This is the cuingrained lure of community policing, and the fact that Northeastern University in Boston was one of the first colleges to offer police education programs, is what prompted Massachusetts to have one. of the lowest homicide rates in America, said Dukakis.
According to the latest comprehensive statewide data released by the FBI, the murder rate per 100,000 population in Massachusetts was 2.2 in 2019. Only Maine, Vermont, Iowa, South Dakota, Idaho, Minnesota, Utah, and Wyoming had this rate or less. Data for 2020 will be released in September.
"My capital has actually reduced the level of violence. Not that we are violence-free, don't get me wrong," Dukakis said, as the Boston homicides so far this year have decreased by 29% compared to the same period last year. "I think it 's significant that Boston is not onlyin the least violent state in the country, but appears to be coping well enough with the pressures of the pandemic. "
Boston has witnessed at least 20 homicides since the start of the year until July 18. The number of homicides has declined since 2,020, when homicides increased unusually by 54% from 2019. This compares to New York, which recorded 233 murders this year. year to July 18. Homicides there are up 3% compared to the same period last year. In 2020, murders in New York are up 47% from 2019.
The need for better policing seems to be felt within the Democratic Party at the federal level, as the President Biden apparently burned police efforts to the slast week, announcing that it was making the $ 350 billion US bailout available to police departments across the country to partially hire more officers and fund overtime to bring more police officers into the country. the streets of the city.
This followed the Ministry of Justice also sending strike forces to fight arms trafficking.
"The continued relationship with the community on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis is essential " said Dukakis. "It's not just about snapping our fingers and saying we're going to put in place a mental health program.