By Rich Harwood
August 23, 2013
The debate over "stop-and-frisk" police tactics is front and center in New York City and elsewhere in the nation. This policy goes to our very definition of community, leading to a fundamental question: Are these tactics intended to build or bust trust in a community?
If stop-and-frisk is to be used, then police departments must build these approaches based on a simple but profound principle: the police are there to serve the community, even help build community. This will require a shift in orientation and practice for some departments and their officers. But such steps are vital to the health of communities.