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GRAHAM: Broken windows policing failure, adjustments needed

Arguably a household name, the "broken windows" theory was originally published in The Atlantic by James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. In the mid-1970s, New Jersey started an initiative, providing money to departments to remove police officers from their patrol car, instead promoting walking beats.  This initiative was met with criticism from both police chiefs and police officers. Police chiefs argued that “it reduced the mobility of the police, who thus had difficulty responding to calls for service, and it weakened headquarters control over police officers,” highlighting that car patrols allowed for near-constant monitoring of police actions. 

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