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St. Louis Chief Blames "Ferguson Effect" for Drop in Self-Initiated Policing


One of the steepest drops in S.I.A. occurred after the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb. Another steep drop in S.I.A. occurred after the Grand Jury decision on Nov. 24.  Dotson said criminals felt empowered, while officers felt hampered by what he calls the "Ferguson Effect." More Here.

February 27, 2015
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kevCopAz @ 2/28/2015 10:11 AM

DAH! What does the public expect? This is a direct result of lack of support for the police. The public gets what it wants and deserves, just as when they elect politicians, elections have consequences as does turning your back on your police. The public deserves what they get, or don't as far as crime prevention. I don't blames these StLouis Officers, I would slow down and do what I had to do and respond to crimes after the take place rather then try and stop them and risk my career and jail! This Chief seems to get it and I don't blame him, I thin k he did a good job based on what was going on, but the truth is the truth.

Sgt. Mike @ 3/4/2015 3:14 PM

Kevin, I've seen you post several times and usually enjoy your enthusiastic responses. In this case however, I'd like to disagree. We're not a branch of government that give's people, or even wants to give people, "what they deserve." That denotes some judgement or predetermined evaluation of merit.

IMO, we provide a service above that, which most people we deal with, deserve. When People like Michael Brown abuse others, most people would say he deserved the same in return, but Officer Wilson made every attempt to provide him with a service far above that. A dignified contact, and arrest, where he can then face a Magistrate and be judged. There he would have been given what he deserved. Mr. Brown made that impossible for Officer Wilson and that's too bad, but the point is, we strive to be above the emotional responses based on merit and provide the far better "professional service" of our vocation.

We strive to be better than that, for our public, and our profession.

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