No Crime This Weekend

Every time I hear that our saucy Police Chief Cathy Lanier is calling for an “all hands on deck” weekend, she loses a little more credit in my book. Does she really think that forcing our officers to work on weekends is going to somehow prevent heinous crimes from occurring? If anything, she’s going to piss her police force off (“Damn, she wants us to work another weekend? So much for that Redskins game.”). It seems that Lanier thinks that throwing bodies at a problem will prevent bodies from piling up.

According to an article from the Examiner, of the 14 homicides since October 21, only one of them occurred on a Friday or Saturday. So basically these all hands weekends are just causing thugs and criminals to readjust their schedules so that they shoot people during the week rather than on the weekend. I guess in that sense, their weekends are just like ours – time off!

Come on Ms. Lanier. Let’s shake things up in this town and come up with a real plan to take a bite out of crime. I suggest you read The Tipping Point and take a lesson from Rudy Giuliani on how to fight crime by getting at the root of its cause. In the meantime I think I’ll thank every officer I see this weekend for being a team player, whether it’s effective or not.

Photo by yasmin.david.

3 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Max, it’s obvious that you know nothing about law enforcement. More police = more safety. More enforcement = more order.

    I know it’s not what we learned in sociology class and it doesn’t really make logical sense, but this is that assumption. It’s like the idea that if you double your staff, all the work will get done in half the time. Everyone knows these fallacies to be truths until the numbers come back and we see what is really going on.

    I expect to see more arrests this weekend, regardless of the amount of crime, just to make it a worthwhile expense.

  2. poo poo (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    i’ll give someone three points if they can name the suntanning place to which she goes.

    clue: it’s not in NW DC…

  3. Prontovega (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    Forget the tan. Look at the bags(dark marks under her eyes)…. she must not be getting very much sleep at night.
    I kind of like the idea of more officers on duty, as long as they know what they are doing.
    It’s kind of like leaving the light on outside the house at night. The people thinking about doing something bad don’t like to be seen by anybody. That’s why they usually do their crimes at night.
    Steven King

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