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One should watch the Wire.

It's a numbers game. Getting cases. Juking the stats. Looking productive, since they can only really work backwards after the fact (unless we're talking the handful of entrapment cases).

As most crime is survival crime and the rest mainly happens through people with a prior or existing relationship the idea of prevention through enforcement is a joke. Patrolling has been known to not work since the 1970's. Such measures just shift where crimes happen away from regularly targeted areas. Donald Black wrote a good book on this type of stuff. Reducing early lead exposure would do more than any budget for people in costumes that abduct and hold others for ransom in metal cages...