Over the past few months, the Portland Police Bureau has attempted a “broken windows” approach to policing the street. They’ve committed three officers to about a ten block stretch of N Killingsworth St to address minor crimes like public drinking and graffiti with the idea that it will deter major crimes. Initial reports show some success, but the strategy is temporary, and it’s hard to know if the results will stay after the officers leave.
Some activists are worried that some efforts may unfairly target the area’s low-income and minority residents.
Do you live, work, or go to school near N. Killingsworth? Have you noticed a difference in the police presence lately? Do you feel safer in that area? What are the consequences of more police? What has or hasn’t worked in crime prevention in your neighborhood?