Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sacramento Police Reducing Crime In Black Area Through Traffic Stops

The Sacramento Bee profiles Sacramento police having a positive impact on crime in the Oak Park area of the city. The police credit the reduction in crime to increased traffic stops in the area which profile probationers, parolees, gangsters and narcotics traffickers. 75 percent of Oak Park is "non white" and the increased traffic stops has been controversial, but the results have been startling. Oak Park, which has an estimated population of 15,000 hasn't had an African American homicide in over 2 years.

Obviously the results of the increased traffic stops has been effective, but unfortunately the sample size is very small. It would be great if similar tactics could be implemented by police in our larger urban areas.

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