Steven Greenhut on Why Hiring More Cops Is Not the Answer


As California's toughest cities struggle with violent crime, we are hearing a familiar refrain: "Hire more police officers." While more cops may be the right answer in some places, writes Steven Greenhut, public officials need to consider a wider array of crime-fighting options and examine ways to stretch their existing budgets. Considering the recent wave of police abuse cases, what California really needs is a more accountable and professional police force and not just more officers toting expensive gadgets.