The biggest savings for reducing crime, including all the smaller, often unreported crimes that undermine a civil society in many ways, come from not having to pour as much money into repairing and mediating all the damage to property and, more importantly, people! We pay more taxes (to all levels of government) for treating and, too often eventually, prosecuting the kids and families we put at risk than if we protected them in the first place. Safe communities also produce good and legal business opportunities. Everybody wins… or loses.
Community policing is being successfully used in Delta and in many large municipalities across Canada. Why not here?
Alisa Wilson, Surrey