Join the “Quiet Revolution”
by Niki Raapana
We sure hear a lot of talk about revolution these days. There’s the Ron Paul Revolution, the Revolution Against Evolution, the Revolution of Change, the Internet Revolution, the Carbon Revolution, the Green Revolution, the Obama Revolution, the Alex Jones Revolution Against the New World Order, and the Jesus Revolution. It’s too bad we don’t hear more about the Quiet Revolution. This is the global-to-local policing revolution, and it’s getting quietly stronger every day.
“In the U.S. community policing originated as a “quiet revolution” seeking recognition in the 70s (Kelling, 1988; Greene, 1989) and has since become a tour de force to be reckoned with in the 90s. (Bayley and Sheering, 1997; Rosenbaum, 1994; Cordner, 1989). ” Community Policing in China: Continuity and Change, by Kam C. Wong, 2000 http://www.polizei-newsletter.de/documents/Community_PolicinginChWong.pdf.
The tactics for the new paradigm shift in domestic policing began in urban ghettos and HUD projects in the 70s. HUD employees wrote and published The Broken Window Theory. It was used by the community cops to test “innovative strategies of enforcement.” Part of HUD’s untested theory was that poor neighborhoods and the people in them are the cause of “full blown fear.” According to Kelling, this happens when there are old houses and unlit streets and yards, which creates an atmosphere of “feeling that nobody’s in charge and nobody cares.”