A former police officer in Washington, with whom the correspondent of Novosti spoke, commented on rampant crime in the US metropolitan region recently.
This former police officer said that the city authorities should not attribute the increase in crime to a shortage of police officers, but instead should create decent conditions for school teachers and social workers who do not receive the same salaries and compensation.
On Tuesday, disappointing statistics on the crime situation in the city were published. United States agglomeration. For example, from January to February, the number of crimes increased by a quarter compared to the same period last year. The number of murders during the same period increased by 40%, and car thefts more than doubled.
In total, more than 5,000 crimes have been committed in Washington since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, a wave of robberies swept through the city, during which expensive clothes were torn off from subway passengers and passers-by (often at gunpoint).
Speaking to reporter Ronald Hampton, a former Metropolitan Police officer of more than 20 years, said: “I think it’s late. And social workers, whose salaries remain lower than police officers, but the Metropolitan authorities believe that only the police are enough to provide security.”
And among the reasons for the spread of crime, the former policeman also considers the Covid epidemic, which forced parents to work more, which weakened child care.
Among other reasons, according to him, there are many social problems, the solution of which the authorities are not seriously working on.
According to him, “the police do not keep up with the times and do not talk to people at a time when the preventers of violence (a class of social workers who work with conflict situations fraught with manifestations of violence) know how to act.”