An Idea Worth Pursuing
We post in a "stream of consciousness" type of method. We come up with an idea from things we've heard, things we've read, things we enjoy talking about and run with it. Tuesday night, we jokingly referred to an intoxicated conversation about disbanding the detective division. Lo and behold, what was intended as a gentle ribbing of the D unit generates some comments that could turn into something that might actually have some merit.
- NYPD has a higher crime clearance rate because each precinct has their own detective division and, it would seem, that that setup allows more communication between dicks and patrol. Thanks to SCC for bringing up the issue & "thinking outside the box" - the question deserves, at least, some discussion. (Rue St. Michel in "A Crazy Idea ...")
- Maybe it would be better if the Dicks were taken from the Area and assigned to a District. The PO's would know who to refer cases to...the Dick's would have a better handle on the usual suspects and they would not seem to be insulated from the PO's...what do you think....?? (anonymous poster in "A Crazy Idea ...")
With everything this department has been stealing from New York anyway, why not give this a whirl in an Area or two? Having the dicks close by and intimately familiar with the players would be a definite boon to the clearance rate and the wealth of experience being passed along to the younger coppers in regard to preliminary investigations, crime scene preservation and witness processing would be incalculable. Yes, a couple of exempts might lose their jobs, but we're "chief-heavy" anyway. It doesn't (it shouldn't) have any bearing on the actual merit of the idea - except of course, in Chicago. What say you?