A remarkable and growing body of literature is telling us that healthy communities need face-to-face interaction among their members, something that electronic media cannot replace. Physical places enable or prevent that interaction.
Rob Duke's insight:
It's not an end-all to the conversation, but the built space is very important to the extent that it contributes to a suitable habitat for crime....For instance, with a healthy jobs-housing mix much of the economic strain, which contributes to crime, disappears.....In addition, it's fairly clear that Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is working to reduce crime in both built and greenfield "new development".
A police officer is fighting for his life in Germany after being shot by a right-wing extremist during a weapons raid. The officer was one of four injured in a gun battle with a suspect named as Wolfgang P at a house in Georgensgmünd on Wednesday morning. Officials said police were executing a warrant to confiscate firearms after the 49-year-old refused mandatory inspections by local authorities.
Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters outside the U.S. embassy in Manila on Wednesday, and television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at protesters.
The mayor of Lancaster claimed that a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeant who served his area until being shot to death on duty last week would be alive if not for Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce the state prison population.
Rob Duke's insight:
Too much, too fast without a prisoner re-entry program. I wouldn't lay all the blame on Jerry Brown. As I've said before the 3-judge panel that demanded realignment did not anticipate all the consequences of their draconian demands. I say draconian because it demanded the release of nearly 60,000 prisoners in one year. There was no way the state could do anything but release the prisoners. (Put this in the context of the worst recession since the Great Depression.)
The court was understandably frustrated that it took so long for the state to increase its capacity in prisoner space and improved medical care, but they failed to understand how the California Environmental Quality Act makes arbitrary state expansion of prisons a thankless and impossible task. I was the General Manager of a Regional Waste Authority adjacent to one of two state prisons that had land and infrastructure capacity and we found it impossible to work a deal where the community would support an expanded prison. It would have been far easier to expand an existing prison than build a new greenfield project. I can't imagine a process for that less than 10 years in length under California law.
Commuters were today being taught how to spot hate crime on London's Tubes and buses. Police officers were holding a series of events to raise awareness after figures showed hate crime was an element in five per cent of all crimes reported on London’s transport network. More than 50 events are taking place across London stations, Police were on duty informing members of the public that anyone who reports a hate crime will be taken seriously.
Galván, who sentenced Russell to 63 years in prison, said she didn’t understand why he chose to glamorize a gang lifestyle that too many others are born into. Unlike other defendants, Russell was raised by a loving family and “had opportunities at your feet.”
“I don’t know what you thought was wonderful about it,” the judge said. “The actions that you took in this case, the whole day, were done for the whole purpose of a thrill, to make you feel like somebody.”
Authorities have spent more than 24 hours seeking a man they say posted live videos to social media while running from police during a violent crime spree that included shooting two police officers, armed car thefts and killing his aunt and uncle, apparently attempting to sever their heads.
A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, official media reported, in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to the death penalty.
Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said in a statement on state news agency SPA.
It did not say how the prince was killed. Most people executed in the kingdom are beheaded with a sword.
Members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are only rarely known to have been executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.
Assemblyman Marc Steinorth has outlined a plan for new legislation to provide relief for citizens forced to purchase additional security measures to ensure their families’ safety. The cost of crime prevention in California is growing and previously safe neighborhoods are seeing a rise in crime. Under the proposal, all taxpayers would be allowed to claim a tax deduction against the cost of specified security equipment, including alarms, security cameras, and fencing. His proposal is motivated by the growing concern among community members about rising violent crime rates and the effects of state legislation to reduce criminal sentences.
Rob Duke's insight:
Ownership of the public space has shifted to criminals, thus transferring the cost of security to the people. Given this, it seems reasonable to give tax breaks for these services related to security.
The involvement of police in post-conflict peacekeeping has experienced exceptional growth. As a result, the countries contributing police officers to United Nations and European Union Missions is increasing.The countries that have contributed police officers to the 24 United Nations Missions that took place between January 2006 and December 2012 are examined and compared with those of military peacekeeping contributing countries.The countries identified as contributing police to peacekeeping missions during this period are different from those contributing military forces and are principally developing nations.These results raise questions in regard to the form of policing being introduced in post-conflict nations and the depriving of the contributing countries of their limited resource.
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