The Broken Window's Theory In Relation To Policing

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The Broken Window’s Theory was developed by Professor James Q. Wilson and Professor George L. Kelling. Wilson and Kelling examined the relationship between disorder in a community and the criminal activity in that community. Their theory is based on the idea that one broken window in a building is a signal to potential criminals that the building and the community is not cared about. This leads the potential criminals to think that criminal deviancy is invited because no one appears to care about the community. The Broken Window Theory has been widely accepted by police departments, especially those who put a strong emphasis on building a relationship with the community they protect and serve. Police departments who use community policing oftentimes use the Broken Window’s Theory as their basis. Applying the Broken Window’s Theory’s principles to policing has been greatly beneficial in law enforcement, an example of its success can be examined when looking at New York City’s reform in their police department.

The Broken Windows Theory in Relation to Policing
The Broken Windows Theory was developed by Professor James Q. Wilson and Professor George L. Kelling. The theory was published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1982. The theory is based on the idea that a broken window is a signal to outsiders and criminals that a particular
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Bratton’s development of the Computer Statistical Analysis System, commonly referred to as COMPSTAT. Bratton based his reasoning behind the system on the Broken Windows Theory. In short, COMPSTAT “mapped up-to-date crime trends with higher crime areas getting more police” (Muniz, 2012). The system allowed law enforcement to be more intimately involved with the community. It also allowed law enforcement to hear the complaints related to criminal activity, including quality of life crimes and disturbances, from the members of the community they

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