Why More Police?

More police?  I keep hearing that cities are scrambling to increase the size of their police forces.  I agree that it’s important to have people to keep us safe from muggers, break-ins, shootings, gangs, rapes, and all the other terrible crimes being perpetrated.  However, I can’t help wondering if a better approach might be to worry as much about solving the root cause of most crimes–poverty–as we do about increasing our police forces.  Definitely, spending the time, money, and resources up front, to alleviate poverty in our cities, would lessen the need for people to protect us.  That approach seems like a win-win situation to me.

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